The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 19, 2013

Child porn case heads to court

By Marcia Moore
The Daily Item

SELINSGROVE — A Shamokin Dam businessman waived distribution of child pornography charges to Snyder County Court Friday and will remain free on several conditions that include having no access to a computer without supervision.

“This whole thing is a nightmare,” muttered Randall Aucker, 39, of 10 Smokehouse Lane, while discussing the terms of bail with his attorney, James Best, before District Judge Lori R. Hackenberg.

Aucker was arrested June 27 by agents from the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit who claim he downloaded several video files of children under the age of 18 engaging in sexual acts or poses on his laptop computer.

He was arraigned on five counts of distribution of child pornography and one count of criminal use of a communication facility and bail was set at $150,000 cash.

On Friday, Aucker denied admitting to police that he downloaded the pornographic images and said his laptop was accessible to about 30 others at his trucking business.

After Aucker waived the preliminary hearing, Hackenberg set several conditions on his bail to ensure the safety of the public due to the seriousness of the allegations.

Aucker was concerned about the condition barring him from having access to computers without supervision, telling the judge that he relies on the computer for his business.

Hackenberg was leaning toward allowing him to use the computer if there was some way to attach software that could monitor his use, but Deputy Attorney General Christopher Jones of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section, objected because visited sites could be deleted.

The issue was settled when Aucker, who works with his mother, said he would continue to use the computer only under her supervision.

Bail conditions also bar Aucker from being within 500 feet of a school, day care, public pool or playground and unsupervised contact with minors.