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Man Gets 13 to 26 Years for Child Porn and Sex Assault of Teen

October 13, 2016


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kate Kohler, 215.348.6327, kkohler@buckscounty.org

A Bristol Township man who trafficked in child pornography and sexually assaulted a teenage girl he had lured online was sentenced Wednesday to serve 13 to 26 years in state prison.

“Your actions were despicable,” Bucks County Judge Raymond F. McHugh told the defendant, Samuel A. Kaye, 28, of Rose Arbor Lane. “You must be held accountable for that.”

Kaye was arrested on child pornography charges in September 2015 after taking his cell phone to a repair shop in Tullytown. A technician found child pornography on the phone and, while Kaye sat in the waiting area, called police.

Kaye immediately admitted having what he called “underage pornography” on his phone, and said he traded such images with others online.

In addition to his phone, investigators searched Kaye’s laptop computer and tablet. The searches revealed that he also was contacting and trying to lure juvenile girls with sexually explicit messages.

The investigation identified a Philadelphia girl who told police that she had met Kaye online when she was 13. She said Kaye would pick her up at her house and that they had frequent sexual encounters over a 16-month period.

As a result, Kaye was charged in November 2015 with multiple sexual assault offenses.

He pleaded guilty June 28 to charges including statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, child pornography, disseminating photos or film of child sex acts, unlawful use of a communications device, and soliciting minors for sexual assault and disseminating child pornography.

A subsequent evaluation by a member of the state Sexual Offender Assessment Board found Kaye to be a sexually violent predator who is likely to re-offend and needs treatment for the rest of his life. Kaye did not contest the finding and McHugh declared him to be a sexually violent predator.

The assault victim, now 16, did not attend the hearing, choosing instead to submit a written victim impact statement. She wrote that she suffered severe ramifications as a result of Kaye’s actions, including psychological problems and damaged relationships with friends and family members.

 Three years ago I was blind,” she wrote. “Instead of taking my hand, (Kaye) pushed me across the street into a sea of cars and I was dumb enough to trust him … Mr. Kaye has made me a new person, (not) in a positive way.”

Deputy District Attorney Kate Kohler, who prosecuted the case, told McHugh that Kaye possessed hundreds of pornographic images depicting children as young as 2 years of age being sexually abused.

“Child pornography is not a victimless crime,” Kohler argued. “For it to exist, children have to be raped …. Over the course of (Kaye’s) life, he has created and left many victims in his wake.”

Kaye’s parents testified that their son had learning disabilities and anger issues since grade school, and that they had repeatedly sought psychological treatment and alternative schools to try to help him. They said they expected that, after his release from prison, he will have to live with them for the rest of their lives.

Defense attorney Niels Eriksen, noting Kaye’s relative youth and family support, called him “someone who can be redeemed and someday become a productive member of society.”

Kaye, who bowed his head and wept through most of his parents’ testimony, said he was “deeply ashamed and embarrassed” by his crimes.

McHugh sentenced him to 10 to 20 years for statutory sexual assault, and added consecutive sentences of two to four years for solicitation to commit statutory sexual assault and one to two years for child pornography. He also imposed 10 years of probation for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child under 16.

“The fact is, you are a predator,” the judge said. “You took advantage of a 13-year-old” who “will never be the same. The trauma that you inflicted on her will continue to haunt her for the rest of her life.”

McHugh said Kaye also had victimized countless children by providing a market for child pornographers.

“Your actions,” the judge said, “have ruined the lives of people you never even knew.”

The case was investigated by Tullytown Borough Police and the Bucks County Detectives.

 Approved for release by Michelle Henry, First Assistant District Attorney.

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