DEFENDANT SOLICITED 14 YEAR OLD
Zachary Lee Gerhart
DEFENDANT: Zachary Lee Gerhart (25 Years Old)
102 E. Penn Avenue
Robesonia, Pennsylvania 19551
CHARGES: Unlawful Contact with Minor
Corruption of Minors
Criminal Use of Communication Facility
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On Monday, January 7, 2019, the Berks County Detective’s Office received a Childline Referral from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Department of Human Services, which identified the victim as a (14) fourteen year old female.
The Childline Referral provided specific details about the electronic communication exchanges between the defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart and the (14) fourteen year old victim.
The Berks County Detective’s Office was assigned the investigation.
The criminal investigation yielded the following information:
The defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart, is currently (25) twenty five years old.
On Sunday, August 5, 2018, the defendant Zachary Lee Gerhart, initiated contact with the (14) fourteen year old victim via Instagram. The Instagram account which was utilized is associated with an AT&T cellular telephone number belonging to the defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart.
The victim knew the defendant and they had met prior to this date.
The defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart, knew that the victim was only (14) fourteen years old back in August 2018.
On Sunday, August 5, 2018, the defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart, sent the (14) fourteen year old victim a digital image, which was obscene and sexual. The defendant then requested that the (14) fourteen year old victim send him nude digital images of herself.
Additionally, the defendant offered the (14) fourteen year old victim money, in exchange for her providing him the nude images he requested. The defendant also told the (14) fourteen year old victim to keep these communications confidential, just between them.
On February 10, 2019, the Berks County Detectives verified that the cellular telephone number associated with the targeted Instagram account belongs to the defendant, Zachary L. Gerhart, 102 E. Penn Avenue, Robesonia, Berks County, Pennsylvania 19551.
On Monday, April 8, 2019, the Berks County Detectives Office filed criminal charges against the defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart, at Magisterial District Judge Andrea Book’s Office. M.D.J. Andrea Book issued an Arrest Warrant for the defendant.
On Wednesday, April 10, 2019, at approximately 7:09 A.M., members of the Berks County Detectives Office apprehended the defendant, Zachary Lee Gerhart, at his residence which is located at 102 E. Penn Avenue, Robesonia, Pennsylvania.
The Berks County Detectives Office also executed a Search Warrant at the defendant’s residence, seizing items of evidence related to the criminal investigation.
The defendant was transported to the Berks County Sheriff’s Central Processing Center to be fingerprinted and photographed.
The defendant was arraigned and his bail was set at $25,000 and he remains in Berks County Jail awaiting further court action.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendant Zachary Lee Gerhart, is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.