Phone pictures lead to corruption of minors plea

HOLLIDAYSBURG — An Altoona man accused of child pornography earlier this year after police found nude pictures of a former 17-year-old girlfriend on his phone will be on probation for three years.

Dustin C. McCaulley, 21, pleaded guilty Monday in Blair County Court to corruption of minors and possession with intent to deliver marijuana.

Altoona police arrested him in late March after being dispatched to the 1200 block of 19th Street, where McCaulley was reported to be throwing snowballs at the bedroom window of his 17-year-old former girlfriend.

After officers approached McCaulley, who was in a vehicle, McCaulley admitted to having marijuana in the glove compartment, which police found along with a digital scale and a marijuana grinder.

During the investigation, police also learned about nude pictures of the underage ex-girlfriend on McCaulley’s phone.

During a court hearing in March before Magisterial District Judge Todd Kelly, police admitted to finding four photos, including two in which she was naked from the waist down, posed on a bed and photographed from the side. Defense attorney David Beyer, on McCaulley’s behalf, took issue with the child pornography charge during that court hearing, contending the photos didn’t meet the description. But Kelly allowed the charge to stand by forwarding it to Blair County Court.

Assistant District Attorney Emily Freed advised Judge Daniel Milliron on Monday of McCaulley’s pending plea to two charges, corruption of minors and possession with intent to deliver, in exchange for the others being withdrawn and a recommended three years’ probation.

Milliron, after speaking to Freed, agreed to accept the plea and impose the probation.

Mirror Staff Writer Kay Stephens is at 946-7456.