Two men charged with child pornography in Bradford County

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Two Pennsylvania men are facing felony charges after admitting to taping themselves having sex with a 17-year-old girl and sharing it with other minors.

Damien Thurston, 19, and Samuel Hay, 21, both of Monroeton, are facing five charges, four of which are felonies.

  • Felony Photographic, Videotaping, Depicting on Computer or Filming Sexual Acts
  • Felony Unlawful Contact with Minor
  • Felony Dissemination of Photographs, Videotapes, Computer Depictions and Films
  • Felony Sexual Abuse of Children
  • Misdemeanor Corruption of Minors

According to court documents acquired by 18 News, a video was taken while the defendants and victim engaged in sexual intercourse with both men.

The victim’s ex-boyfriend later received the video from a 16-year-old female and later informed the victim the video was circulating. The 16-year-old allegedly received the video through Facebook Messenger from Hay.

Police say Thurston gave a “thumbs up” during the video, leading police to believe he knew the phone was recording. Thurston and Hay told police they believed the victim was 20-years-old and that she initiated the physical contact.

Thurston confirmed explicit details from the victim’s story while at State Police headquarters in Towanda.

Thurston was released on $10,000 non-monetary bail, and Hay was committed to the Bradford County Correctional Facility in lieu of $25,000 bail.

18 News will have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

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