Former assistant principal arraigned for solicitation
Police: Juniata County native asked minors for nude photos on social media
SELINSGROVE – A Juniata County native who was previously the assistant principal at Selinsgrove Middle School in Snyder County has been arraigned on several felony charges related to soliciting pornographic images of underage girls via social media in May, according to court documents.
Christopher Scott Morrison, 39, of Selinsgrove, was arraigned by Magisterial District Judge Jeffrey A. Rowe on Wednesday after Magisterial District Judge John H. Reed recused himself from the case. Morrison is a graduate of Juniata High School.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on May 3, the mother of an 11-year-old accuser reported to Pennsylvania State Police Selinsgrove that an unknown person was soliciting her daughter for intimate images by posing as a male fifth-grade student at Selinsgrove Middle School on Snapchat. The girl’s mother told police that her daughter’s friends had also been “friended” by the same person. The group video called the individual and reported the person to be an older male with facial hair. The accuser’s father posted a screenshot of the male on Facebook and asked for assistance in identifying him.
The accuser’s father said later that day, Morrison contacted him and identified the person in the screenshot as himself and that the reason he had done so was because he was “drunk.” Police said Morrison later completed a written statement acknowledging he had been the person in the screenshot.
Police later interviewed a 14-year-old accuser who said she had been sent a friend request from the same Snapchat account. The 14-year-old said Morrison repeatedly requested the teen send him photos, including at least once asking for a nude or semi-nude photograph.
According to the affidavit, Snapchat confirmed to police the account in question was created using an email address associated with Morrison. Police also confirmed the account was logged into seven times from an IP address corresponding to Morrison’s home.
Morrison is charged with two felony counts of soliciting a minor online for images of sexual acts, two felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, two misdemeanor counts of corruption of minors and one misdemeanor count of possession of an instrument of crime.
Morrison is free on a $17,500 bond, which is 10% of his $175,000 bail set Wednesday.
His preliminary hearing is set for Aug. 19.