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20 more years for Centre County predator

WILLIAMSPORT — A Centre County man classified a sexually violent predator in a state case will spend 20 additional years in prison for receipt of child pornography.

U.S. Middle District Judge Matthew W. Brann Thursday ordered the federal term to run consecutive to the 6 to 12 years Michael Anthony Dashem received in 2016 in Centre County.

His continued behavior with children is “deeply disturbing” and “reprehensible,” Brann said in reviewing a criminal record that includes the sexual assault of 10-year-old when he was 17.

This case is distinct from others, the judge said, because Dashem has three prior convictions of sex offenses involving children.

“I understand the illness I am dealing with,” said Dashem who appeared by video from a state prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur referred to him as “deep-seeded pedophile” who has shown an inability to control his sexual urges.

He noted the Centre County case involved the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old. He also cited a 2012 conviction in which Dashem exposed himself to an 11-year-old female he did not know.

The federal case originated when Dashem’s father told police who had responded to a July 2, 2015, domestic dispute he had seen child pornography on his son’s tablet.

The FBI discovered 42 images of child pornography on the tablet including a collage that contained six sexually explicit photographs of a toddler including one involving a sex act with an adult, MacArthur said.

State police had to send the tablet to the FBI because Dashem would not reveal the password to unlock it, he said.

The sentence also requires registration as a sex offender, no contact with anyone under the age of 18 without permission, not frequenting places where children likely would be and the forfeiture of devices used to download the pornography.

Dashem, who pleaded guilty last Nov. 18, is required to pay $3,000 in restitution to a female seen in pictures he downloaded who has been identified.

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