Area man charged with sharing child porn with undercover officers

A Fairfield Township man was taken into custody late Thursday afternoon on 12 felony counts of sexual abuse of children and one count of unlawful use of a communication facility for allegedly downloading images of child pornography on his cellphone in the last five weeks, according to criminal investigators.

The charges filed against Willliam Charles Rushoe stemmed from an investigation in which the 35-year-old man, using his cellphone, allegedly sent several images of child pornography to two undercover officers, according to an investigator with the state Attorney General’s Office.

The first undercover officer was employed as a crime analyst for the Winnebago County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in Wisconsin, the investigator said.

Rushoe began sending child porn images to the officer after the two met on the internet and exchanged emails, the investigator alleged.

In one communication with the undercover officer, Rushoe talked about “touching” minors, “my favorite ages are 3 to 11,” according to an affidavit.

Beginning on April 20, Rushoe, of 528 Ruben Kehrer Road, “was in possession and distributed 11 images depicting children under 18 years of age naked,” according to a criminal complaint filed with the charges.

During the course of the investigation, the task force officer introduced Rushoe to another undercover officer, one employed by the state Attorney General’s Office.

Rushoe allegedly began sending images of child porn to the second officer, court papers state.

After he was taken into custody, Rushoe admitted to investigators he used his phone “to send child pornography to other users.”

He also admitted he had been viewing child porn “once a week or so, for the last three years.” He said “knew it was wrong,” but that he “could not help himself” because he himself was abused in the past, the affidavit stated.

After his arraignment before District Judge Gary A. Whiteman, he was committed to the Lycoming County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail.