A retired pastor from South Whitehall Township, using the screen name “allentownhotguy,” allegedly posed as a 19-year-old man to engage in sexually explicit conversations with a 15-year-old girl.
Attorney General Tom Corbett said Paul A. Marmon, 62, of the 1800 block of Molinaro Drive, contacted the Montgomery County girl through Internet chat rooms and via text messages.
He allegedly told her “You are so much more mature than most people think,” “I wish I could be in your bedroom tonight,” and “I want to make love to you right now.”
Marmon also allegedly discussed marriage with the girl, left her presents at a park near her home, asked her if he could purchase special underwear for her and requested nude photos and underwear belonging to her.
Corbett said the girl became concerned about the conversations after speaking with Marmon on the phone. Suspicious about his actual age, the girl told her parents, who notified authorities.
On Aug. 18, with the consent of the girl’s family, an undercover agent from the Child Predator Unit assumed the girl’s Yahoo Internet profile. At that time, agents discovered messages allegedly sent by Marmon that discussed his efforts to leave gifts for the girl at a park near her home.
According to the criminal complaint, agents used directions provided by Marmon to locate a bag hidden under bushes in the park. Inside the bag was a necklace, dried flowers and other items allegedly described by Marmon during online chats.
Corbett said Marmon told the undercover agent, posing as the girl, that he would buy her special lingerie. He allegedly instructed her to masturbate while wearing the items, telling her, “You must think of me as you do it … each time.” Marmon also allegedly asked the girl if she would be able to keep these gifts secret from her parents.
According to the criminal complaint Marmon asked the girl on Aug. 27 if she would leave a pair of her panties at the location where he had previously left gifts. He also allegedly asked the girl if she could borrow a friend’s digital camera in order to take nude photos of herself and send them to him.
At that time, Marmon allegedly indicated that he wanted to use the panties and photos to masturbate, and offered to leave several gifts in return, including underwear and other items from Victoria’s Secret.
On Sept. 2, agents saw an individual matching Marmon’s description leaving a park in Lower Providence Township, driving a vehicle registered in his name. Upper Perkiomen Regional police stopped the car and allegedly found a bag containing items that had been left at the park by agents from the child predator unit. Several bags containing Victoria’s Secret underwear and other gift items were found during a search of the park.
Agents and South Whitehall Township police also executed a search warrant at Marmon’s home and seized two computers and digital storage devices. Those items will be analyzed by the Attorney General’s Computer Forensics Unit as part of an ongoing investigation.
A spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office would not say which church Marmon was previously affiliated with, except to confirm it is located in the Lehigh Valley.
Marmon is charged with two counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one count of criminal use of a computer, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines. He was arraigned on Sept. 3 before Collegeville Magisterial District Judge Benjamin Crahalla and sent to Montgomery County prison in lieu of $1million bail.