A 49-year-old Noxen man could spend up to 60 years in state prison after pleading guilty Friday morning to six counts of sexual abuse of children.
George Lee Deiter, of Wilson Road, appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff in Wyoming County Court in a case that has been prosecuted by the state attorney general’s office.
According to court records, on July 26, 2017, the AG’s office received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that images allegedly depicting child pornography were being accessed by a computer with an Internet Protocol address that was eventually linked to a computer at a Noxen residence.
A search warrant was executed last Jan. 23 at the Noxen address, where authorities located Deiter who told them he had been staying there off and on for years.
At the time, a computer and hard drives were seized.
Soon after, he was charged with four counts of disseminating photographs or films depicting child sex acts, 55 counts of possessing child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility.
In a plea arrangement between the AG’s office and Deiter’s attorney, Timothy Michaels, Dieter faces responsibility for six felony counts of sexual abuse of children.
Deputy Attorney General Angela Raver said Friday that one count was for distribution of material via Microsoft Skype software, and the other five counts were for possession of child pornography.
Judge Shurtleff said that Deiter was required to register as a sex offender and would need to be examined by the state sexual offenders assessment board before his sentencing.
Deiter remains in the Wyoming County Correctional Facility in Tunkhannock where he has been for nearly a year. His bail is set at $150,000.
Other guilty pleas entered before Judge Shurtleff Friday:
*Keith Hock, 27, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to theft by unlawful taking on July 23, 2018.
*Brittney C. Norton, 30, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to obstructing administration of law on Jan. 13, 2017.
*Reid Scott Parkison, 30, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to fleeing or eluding police on June 30, 2018.
*Matthew David Shaffer, 29, of Wyalusing, pleaded guilty to terroristic threats on Dec. 27, 2017; and to criminal mischief on Dec. 27, 2017.
*Erin Marie Stanley, 26, of Binghamton, N.Y., pleaded guilty to criminal trespass on May 18, 2018; to DUI of a controlled substance on May 18, 2018; to possession of a controlled substance on May 18, 2018; and to escape on July 2, 2018.
*James Robert Walsh, 23, of Montrose, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Nov. 3, 2018.
*Billie Jo Warner, 38, of Susquehanna, pleaded guilty to false identification to law enforcement on May 19, 2018.
*Benjamin David Williams, 28, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal trespass on May 2, 2018; and criminal attempt to commit retail theft on Oct. 1, 2017.