NORRISTOWN — A Bryn Athyn man has jail in his future after he admitted to possessing child pornography.

Gregory Richard Simons, 44, of the 2900 block of Ashley Road, was sentenced in Montgomery County Court to 6-to-23-months in the county jail after he pleaded guilty to a felony charge of possessing child pornography in connection with an October 2018 incident while he was residing at a Buck Road address in the borough.

Judge Todd D. Eisenberg, who accepted a plea agreement in the case, ordered Simons to report to the jail in Lower Providence on Jan. 2 to begin serving the sentence.

Simons also must complete five years’ probation following parole, meaning he will be under court supervision for about seven years.

As conditions of the plea agreement, Simons must undergo a psychosexual evaluation and is prohibited from the use of electronics unless related to work.

Simons also faces a 15-year requirement to report his address to state police in order to comply with Pennsylvania’s Sexual Offender Registration and Notification Act.

An investigation of Simons began on Oct. 10, 2018, when state police conducting an online investigation for offenders sharing child pornography identified a computer address linked to Simons’s then residence that was engaged in such alleged activity, according to a criminal complaint.

Troopers were able to connect directly to the computer device and download several images or videos that depicted child pornography, according to the arrest affidavit filed by state police Trooper Mark Gibble, of the computer crime unit. The images depicted children engaged in sexually explicit poses or acts, court papers alleged.

On Nov. 13, Investigators went to Simons’s then address in the 2700 block of Buck Road and found him at home, “sitting in front of a computer monitor in an office,” Gibble alleged.

“Simons advised that he has viewed child pornography on his desktop computer and that he thought the ages of the minors he viewed were between 13-17 years of age,” Gibble wrote in the arrest affidavit. “Simons indicated that we could take any computer devices in the house.”

When police conducted a forensic examination of the desktop computer they uncovered at least 20 images or videos that depicted child pornography, according to the criminal complaint. The children were as young as 8, police alleged.

A charge of criminal use of a communication facility was dismissed against Simons as part of the plea agreement.

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