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Franklin Co. man arrested in Internet sex sting operation

September 07, 2007

ST. THOMAS, Pa. - A Franklin County resident was among three men recently arrested in an Internet sex sting operation, according to a press release from Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett.

Franklin Shane Barrick, 37, of 135 Cottonwood Ave., was arrested in connection with an alleged series of sexually graphic chats with an undercover agent posing as a 13-year old girl, Corbett said.

Barrick was charged with four counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of criminal use of a computer and one count of identity theft, Corbett said. Each charge is a third-degree felony and punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine, Corbett said.

Barrick first talked with the agent in June, and promptly sent a video of himself engaging in a sexual activity, Corbett said.

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The contact continued in July and August, with Barrick allegedly sending nude pictures and videos, Corbett said.

The Attorney General's Child Predator Unit determined that Barrick used a profile using the name "Phil Atwood," a resident of Carlisle, Pa. However, agents said Atwood had no involvement in the case, and the profile was made without his knowledge.

With the help of Pennsylvania State Police, agents arrested Barrick on Aug. 29 and searched his home, seizing three computers and two Webcams.

Barrick waived a preliminary hearing and has been scheduled for trial in Franklin County Court, Corbett said.

Also announced in the release were the arrests of Ryan J. Mumaw, 22, of Gettysburg, Pa., and Jason Kokinda, 28, of Topton, Pa.

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