A registered sex offender’s latest sentence will keep him behind bars for at least 12 years.
Last year, Bruce R. Schmidt brought his laptop computer – which contained hundreds of images of child pornography – to an Ephrata repair shop. Staff noticed the lewd images and contacted police.
Schmidt, 53, will serve 12 to 24 years in state prison, in accordance with a plea agreement last week in Lancaster County Court.
Assistant District Attorney Janie Swinehart negotiated the agreement in exchange for Schmidt pleading guilty to felony counts of possessing child pornography and illegal use of a computer.
The crimes were violations of Schmidt’s parole. He was convicted and sentenced last year to 6 to 23 months in prison for indecent assault of a child.
He is a registered sex offender under Megan’s Law for the rest of his life.
In April, he brought his laptop to Free Geek Penn, an Ephrata computer business, and asked that a “virus” be removed.
Staff contacted police, who in turn uncovered hundreds of images of child pornography. Schmidt admitted to using the laptop to view child pornography.
Ephrata police Detective Peter Sheppard filed charges.
(See Twitter feed/CrimeWatch for his photo.)
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