Police: Man sends teen obscene videos

Transmission violates probation

CLEARFIELD — A Philipsburg man recently incarcerated for sending obscene videos to a teen girl was in Clearfield County Court Monday in to answer for violating his probation on a previous arson case.

Hunter Thomas Harris, 24, and two other firefighters pleaded guilty to setting a Chester Hill residence on fire in October 2015.

Harris was sentenced to 12 months to two years less one day in the county jail plus five years’ probation in September 2016.

Judge Fredric J. Ammerman reminded Harris on Monday that he gave him a break when he sentenced him to the county jail and that Harris was warned if he got into trouble again, he would be doing time in state prison.

Attorney Tami Fees, who is representing Harris, argued for the judge to wait until the new charges are resolved to handle the violation, but Ammerman noted that the jail had problems with Harris fighting when he was incarcerated previously.

He then sentenced Harris to two to six years in state prison.

According to the affidavit in the arson case, Harris; Kenneth Moore, 23, Lanse; and Samuel Wilbur Connor V, 22, Howard, set a fire in a vacant home and returned 15 minutes later with firefighters from the Hope Fire Station in Philipsburg to put it out.

In addition to their jail sentences, the trio have to pay over $52,000 in restitution.

In the new case, Harris is charged with felony counts of disseminating explicit sexual material to minor and unlawful contact with a minor as well as a misdemeanor count of corruption of minors.

Harris allegedly sent a 15-year-old Cooper Town­ship girl a photo of his naked chest, and a photo of his penis. Next, he reportedly sent her a video of him masturbating, police said.

He waived his right to a preliminary hearing in the new case on Aug. 1.