More charges for alleged Avis child abuser

LOCK HAVEN — Eight counts of cyber harassment of a child have been added to charges against James Lewis Guthrie Jr., 25, of Avis, who is charged with sending obscene and sexually explicit images to a 17-year-old girl numerous times in texts and on social media.

Guthrie was arrested last Thursday by Pine Creek Township police after a search warrant was issued for his home and evidence was found, according to police. At that point he was charged with eight counts each of unlawful contact with a minor, stalking, criminal use of communication facilities and dissemination to minors.

Guthrie was initially committed to the Clinton County Correctional Facility on $25,000 monetary bail.

With the new charges, District Judge Frank Mills increased bail to $100,000.

According to the criminal complaint, the defendant “did intentionally have contact with a minor for the purpose of obscene and other sexual materials and performances in that he sent six obscene sexual photographs to her on April 22, June 18, June 24, July 19 and twice on Sept. 4.”

Guthrie is also accused of stalking the victim over the course of several years.

The complaint alleges he sent her messages describing what she was wearing and requesting sexual acts.