WEST CHESTER — A Chester County man who had been classified as a sexually violent predator during his prosecution for illegally contacting minors with sexual images and ordered not to use social media while under court supervision has been arrested for allegedly soliciting minors for their naked images on Snapchat, according to authorities.
The Chester County District Attorney’s Office issued a press release announcing the arrest of Tyshon Perry on multiple charges relating to the contact he had with four teenage girls over a period of months while he was on probation for a 2022 conviction on charges of unlawful contact with minors.
In an affidavit filed July 10 by Chester County Detective Bernard Martin, Perry was accused of sending and receiving graphic images to the girls and of asking them to send him more sexually charged images. It does not appear as though Perry had ever met or had physical contact with any of the alleged victims.
The D.A.’s Office said they are reviewing whether to charge Perry with similar crimes related to others he may have been in contact with.
“The defendant posed as a teenager and solicited naked images from children and sent naked images of himself using Snapchat,” said District Attorney Deb Ryan in the news release. “We believe there are more victims out there.
“This is another reminder to talk to your children about who they communicate with online and warn them about the dangers of child predators,” said Ryan, who had previously led the office’s Child Abuse Unit and has spoken frequently about the need to protect children from sexual exploitation.
Perry, 30, of Coatesville was accused of having unlawful contact from September 2022 through April 2023. The age of the children he was in contact with ranged from 12 to 16 years of age. He is charged with unlawful contact with minors, child pornography, and dissemination of explicit and sexual images to children. Perry was arraigned on Thursday and sent to to the Chester County Prison in lieu of $1 million bail set by Magisterial District Judge Gregory Hines of Coatesville.
According to Martin’s affidavit and the D.A.’s release, Perry had been in court-ordered sex offender treatment in April as part of his sentence by Common Pleas Judge Analisa Sondergaard from the 2022 conviction, in which he was classified as a sexually violent predator under the state’s Megan’s Law. As such, his address was supposed to be distributed to neighbors so that they knew of his presence.
During a group therapy session, Perry was said to have acknowledged that he had been having sexually explicit contact with minors. In doing so, he was dismissed from the treatment program, which constituted a violation of the terms of his parole. He had spent about 6 1/2 months in county prison for those charges.
On May 3, 2023, Chester County Detectives received information from the county Adult Probation Office that Perry was soliciting minors for their naked images on Snapchat. Detectives saw exchanges that were provided by probation Officer Matt Gordon where Perry asked users if they liked older men, including users who identified as underage, notably 14-16 years old. The following day, detectives conducted a forensic search of his phone and his illegal Snapchat account with the username “go2guyty.” Detectives found numerous still images and videos of pubescent and post-pubescent juvenile females, according to the affidavit.
Images recovered from this account show Perry’s face and show him engaged in sexual activity with various female juveniles. Perry identified himself as 15 years old when sharing the images with other users. Investigators found numerous Snapchat conversations from him engaging in sexual chats with the children, and soliciting and sharing sexual images.
Perry was also allegedly attempting to meet others in person for sexual activity. Some of the minors contacted by investigators said they had ultimately blocked him from their social media.
Four minor victims were identified and were subsequently contacted by law enforcement. Not all victims have been identified at this time, and investigators believe there may be more user accounts the defendant utilized to contact other child victims.
If you have any information about this case, call the Chester County Detectives at 610-344-6866.
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