OVERFIELD TWP. - A 47-year-old Wyoming County man is in jail on $1 million bail after state police arrested him Friday on charges of child rape and other sexual offenses.
Eric Scott Popejoy of Maple Drive, Lake Winola, faces felony charges of rape, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors, sexual abuse of children, criminal use of a communication facility and failure to comply with Megan’s Law registration requirements.
According to court records, Popejoy is alleged to have been alone with a 7-year-old girl after she had been swimming on July 8, 2016.
Representatives of Children and Youth Services told police that the alleged victim told them that Popejoy had invited the child into his room after she had changed her clothes in the bathroom.
The child, according to a police complaint, alleged to authorities that Popejoy “started doing stuff to me” and referred to their respective “bad spots,” and when he was done telling her “don’t tell anybody.”
Popejoy denied the allegations, but acknowledged to state police that there were naked pictures of himself on a cell phone belonging to the alleged victim’s mother, and maybe the girl had seen an image of him there as she occasionally used that old cell phone to play games on.
Police searched both the child’s mother’s cell phone and Popejoy’s and found numerous adult pornographic images.
On Popejoy’s cell phone, the Northeast Computer Crimes Taskforce lab determined that in addition to adult pornography, there were five images of child pornography, but the complaint makes no assertion they were of the 7-year-old.
Popejoy was convicted in Florida in 1992 of lewd and lascivious behavior involving a person under 16, and has had to register as a sexual offender ever since.
According to the most recent complaint, the taskforce review of Popejoy’s cell phone determined that he was utilizing two internet identifiers that had never been disclosed on any of his Pennsylvania Megan’s Law registration updates.
Popejoy was charged with failure to register with state police on Sept. 10, 2015, and that case has been scheduled for a jury trial on March 20 in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas.