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Sex offender to head to prison

A Russell sex offender is headed to state prison after probation officers busted him with child pornography.

Teddy W. L. Bair, 23, was sentenced by Judge Gregory Hammond Friday on a count of criminal use of a communication facility. A count of child pornography was not prosecuted by the Commonwealth in exchange for the plea.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed in February, a probation officer conducting a probation meeting with Bair in late January asked to check his phone for anything that would violate his probation.

Police said Bair gave the phone to the officer, who found nude photographs stored in it.

“The defendant stated he had been downloading pornographic images to his cell phone,” Pennsylvania State

Police said in the affidavit.

The phone was taken into custody and reviewed by the Warren County information technology department.

“Numerous pornographic images were extracted from the defendant’s cell phone to include several photographs that appeared to be of females under the age of 18,” according to the affidavit.

Police sought input from a board certified pediatrician in determining if there were images of anyone under 18.

The doctor “related several of the images could be of juvenile females,” according to the affidavit. He said one “is a juvenile female at or about 12 years of age.”

Bair’s counsel, Rob Kinnear, noted that is client is autistic and would accordingly have “issues” with other inmates in the state prison system.

“(I’m) really sorry that I did what I did,” Bair said, indicating he planned not to do it again.

Hammond said he has a “huge concern about you in the community” and said that his diagnosis is no excuse or justification.

He indicated that the plea in this case was a break for Bair.

Hammond then sentenced Bair to 12 to 60 months of incarceration in state prison consecutive to his current probation violation sentence, $2,125 in fines and fees, submission of a DNA sample and sex offender counseling on a count of criminal use of a communications facility. Hammond said he is not boot camp or recidivism risk reduction incentive eligible.

Bair is a Megan’s Law sexual offender serving a 25-year registration period from a sentence handed down in 2017 as a result of having sexual contact with a 13-year-old female at Point Park in Warren.

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