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September 5, 2007

3 charged with soliciting sex from young girls

HARRISBURG – Attorney General Tom Corbett today announced that agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit have arrested three men from Adams, Franklin and Berks counties, accused of using the Internet to sexually proposition what they believed were young girls, as well as sending sexually graphic photos to the girls or arranging to meet the girls for sex.

Corbett identified the defendants as Ryan J. Mumaw, 22, 2766 Emmitsburg Road, Gettysburg, Adams County; Franklin Shane Barrick, 37, 135 Cottonwood Ave., Saint Thomas, Franklin County; and Jason Kokinda, 28, 41 West Weiss St., Topton, Berks County.

Corbett explained that all three men allegedly used Internet chat rooms and instant messaging services to contact and sexually proposition what they believed were young girls. The girls were actually undercover agents from the Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit, who were using the online profiles of children.

“Internet predators are actively using chat rooms and other Internet sites to search for young girls and boys, trying to steal the innocence of these children," Corbett said. “The Attorney General’s Child Predator Unit was specifically created to identify and capture these predators before they can harm kids, and we are dedicated to carrying out that mission -- to date, the unit has arrested 89 predators from Pennsylvania and several other states."

Ryan J. Mumaw

Corbett said that Mumaw was arrested after allegedly using an Internet chat room to sexually proposition an undercover agent who was using the online profile of a 14-year old girl. Mumaw allegedly approached the girl in June 2007, asking her to “talk dirty to me," and quickly offered to send the girl a nude webcam video of himself.

According to the criminal complaint, Mumaw also asked the girl to call him, and provided his telephone number, but cautioned the girl to delete the number from her cell phone so that her parents could not find it.

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