UNLAWFUL CONTACT WITH A MINOR
Dennis E. Heckrote
NATURE OF INCIDENT: Unlawful Contact with Minor Arrest
DEFENDANT: Dennis Eugene HECKROTE (23 years of age)
CHARGES: Unlawful Contact with Minor (F-2), Sexual Abuse of Children (2 Cts. F-2)
Corruption of Minors (M-1) Criminal Use of Communication Facility (F-3)
DETAILS OF INCIDENT:
On May 28, 2021, the father of a 10-year-old female child reported to the Berks County District Attorney’s Criminal Investigations Unit that he just discovered sexually explicit electronic communications between his child and Dennis Heckrote.
It was also discovered that these communications started when the victim was 8 years of age and continued up to the age of 10.
On June 1, 2021, Berks County Detectives conducted a Forensic Interview with the 10-year-old child victim. During the interview, the child victim disclosed that she was having electronic communications on “Tik Tok” and “Discord” with a subject, who she believed was a 10-year-old boy. She also disclosed that the subject asked her to exchange nude photographs, and she complied.
During the course of the investigation, the child victim also disclosed that Dennis HECKROTE subsequently admitted to her that he was actually the 10-year-old boy who she was communicating with. HECKROTE then instructed child victim not to tell anyone about the communications.
A forensic examination of the child victim’s phone revealed that Dennis HECKROTE sent digital images of an erect, prepubescent penis to the child victim. Detectives also learned that these communication exchanges involved sexually explicit acts and conversations.
Dennis HECKROTE sent the 10-year-old victim a link to a pornographic video and told her to watch it.
On June 30, 2021, HECKROTE was taken into custody by members of the Berks County Sheriff’s Departments Fugitive Task Force.
HECKROTE was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge David L. YOCH and committed to Berks County Prison under $200,000 straight bail.
As in every criminal case, the fact that an arrest has occurred or a complaint has been filed is merely an accusation, and the defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
“Let this serve as a reminder to all parents and guardians of young children and teenagers. Be proactive! Make surprise checks to monitor messages on your child’s electronic devices and social media accounts.” ~ District Attorney John T. Adams