6.13.12 Sexual Abuse of Child

26 June 2012 by Lt. Todd Umstead

     On June 9, 2012 at 3:41 a.m., Harry Rodriguez-Colon, 35-year-old male, resident of the 1600 blk. Hossler Rd. Manheim, PA, walked into the lobby of the Lancaster City Police station. Rodriguez-Colon spoke to the desk sergeant, Sgt. Phil Berkheiser, and told Sgt. Berkheiser that he had been molesting a 14-year-old girl for the past six months. Rodriguez-Colon was accompanied by the mother of the victim, who had Rodriguez-Colon’s cell phone in her possession. The victim’s mother showed Sgt. Berkheiser a photograph of a nude female that was stored on Rodriguez-Colon’s phone. The victim’s mother told Sgt. Berkheiser that the female in this picture was her daughter. The victim’s mother stated that she had seen additional nude photographs of her daughter on Rodriguez-Colon’s phone.

     Rodriguez-Colon was subsequently interviewed by Det. Christopher DePatto. The 14-year-old victim was also interviewed by investigators. It was determined that the photographs were taken between March 2012 – June 2012 inside a home on Almanac Ave.

      Rodriguez-Colon’s cell phone was seized as evidence and will be further analyzed.  Rodriguez-Colon was charged with two counts of Sexual Abuse of Children (Manufacturing Child Pornography), two counts of Sexual Abuse of Children (Possession of Child Pornography) and one count of Corruption of Minors by Det. DePatto before MDJ Richard Simms. This investigation is on-going and additional charges may be filed.

    Rodriguez-Colon was committed to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $200,000.00 bail. 

**THE BUREAU OF POLICE IS RESPECTFULLY REQUESTING THAT THE MEDIA LIMIT WHAT IS PUBLISHED TO THAT WHICH IS ON THIS NEWS RELEASE AND SHOULD THE MEDIA BECOME AWARE OF ANY ADDITIONAL INFORMATION, PARTICULARLY THE NAMES OF ANY WITNESSES OR LANCASTER RESIDENTS IN THIS CASE, IT IS REQUESTED THAT THEY REFRAIN FROM PUBLISHING THAT INFORMATION SO AS NOT TO JEOPARDIZE THE SAFETY OF ANYONE NOR THIS ON GOING INVESTIGATION** 

All persons accused of a crime are considered innocent until proven guilty in court.


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