Beavertown man pleads guilty

MIDDLEBURG — Daniel Gilbert-Rapko pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two felony counts of sexual abuse of children, according to Deputy Attorney General Joe Grace.

According to court documents, an investigation began in January 2017, through the Pennsylvania AG Child Predator Unit, when Facebook reported an upload of an obviously sexual image of two male juveniles. The investigation located Gilbert-Rapko through his cell phone records, which led to a warrant to search Philip Tibbles’ Market Street residence. Tibbles, Gilbert-Rapko’s brother, told police that his brother no longer lived at the residence, had been “kicked out” six months prior and that he was last known to live at a Walnut Street residence.

Agents from the AG’s office arrived at the Walnut Street residence and reported that two male children answered the door, court documents indicate.

During interviews, Gilbert-Rapko claimed he uploaded the image onto Facebook after it was sent to him from a man he met via a dating computer application. Gilbert-Rapko told investigators that he did not ask for the pictures and “had no idea why” the man sent them. Rapko said he continued to communicate with the man and that the man sent him approximately 15 pictures showing pornographic images of children over a two-week period in November 2016, court documents state. According to court documents, Gilbert-Rapko said he continued to speak with the man online in order to determine who he was and “investigate” and that he uploaded the images so that his Facebook friends could assist him in figuring out who the man was.

Gilbert-Rapko reportedly described child pornography as “disgusting,” court documents indicate. Through forensic analysis Rapko’s cell phone, investigators found five pornographic images with children, as well as two videos.

According to Grace, “there will be a pre-sentence evaluation done on the defendant prior to sentencing.”

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