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Cops: Man steals girls' Facebook photos and reposts as porn on their pages

A Radnor man has been arrested for taking photos of high school girls from Facebook, masturbating to them and then taking a picture of his penis next to each girl's photo after the act and reposting those photos to the girls' Facebook pages, according to police.

Cops: Man steals girls' Facebook photos and reposts as porn on their pages

Geckle
Geckle

A Radnor man has been arrested for taking photos of high school girls from Facebook, masturbating to them and then taking a picture of his penis next to each girl's photo after the act and reposting those photos to the girls' Facebook pages, according to police.

And he allegedly did this all while in his grandma's bedroom.

Neil Geckle, 19, was arraigned this morning on child pornography and related charges and was sent to the Delaware County Prison when he couldn't make the $100,000 bail, police said.

When a group of teen girls came to the Radnor police station on Feb. 29, Radnor Chief William Colarulo said they were so "hysterical" he couldn't understand them at first.

"I didn't understand what they were talking about until one of them pulled out a picture," he said. "As soon as we saw that we knew we were dealing with something serious."

The picture was of one of the girl's taken from her own Facebook page that had been printed out and appeared in another photo next to a picture of a man's penis, police said. That photo was then reposted to the girl's own Facebook page. There were a total of four victims, all of whom are Radnor High School students and three of whom are under 18, police said.  

With county detectives from the Internet Computer Crimes Against Children Task Force, police were able to track the source of the postings to Geckle, even though he had created a fictitious name and Facebook account to post the pictures from, police said. Cops said Geckle didn't know any of his victims personally and wasn't friends with them on Facebook but was able to access their pictures through mutual friends on the site.

According to police, Geckle would download the pictures from Facebook, print them out, lay them on a desk in his grandma's bedroom, and masturbate to the photos and ejaculate on them. After the act, Geckle would take a picture with his penis on top of the girl's photo and upload it to the girls' pages.

Colarulo said this is "absolutely" considered child pornography and detectives are still working to find out if there are any other similar victims or other types of child pornography on Geckle's computer.

When asked why he committed such lewd acts and posted them on Facebook, Geckle told police "he didn't think it was a big deal," Colarulo said.

"So hopefully, he'll have time to think about it in his cell at night," he said.

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