43-year-old Sergio Guevara of Horsham is facing 25 counts of Possession of Child Pornography, resulting from an investigation by Montgomery County detectives that began last November. He has also been charged with five counts of Disseminating Photography/Film of Child Sex Acts and one count of Criminal Use of Communication Facility. Guevara waived his preliminary hearing on March 27.
Guevara’s home was searched in January, where detectives found three computers with “31 videos which depicted children under the age of 18 engaged in sexual acts or posing in a sexually explicit manner.” According to detectives, some of the images, which were distributed on the Ares file-sharing network, depicted girls that were as young as 12 years old performing sexually explicit acts. While his home was being searched, Guevara told his 14-year-old daughter, “I have a stupid problem, I’m gonna probably go to jail for it.” A first offense of possession of child pornography is a felony of the third degree, punishable by up to seven years in prison per count. Guevara will be formally arraigned on May 8.
Earlier this month, 57-year-old Thomas Bobst of Norristown pleaded guilty to similar charges. Bobst was facing 23 felony counts of child sexual abuse and possession of child pornography after more than 2,000 depictions of child pornography were found on his computer. As serious as his charges were, Bobst was sentenced to only seven months of probation and a $500 fine. He is also now on Pennsylvania’s list of Megan’s Law offenders.