Found Cell Phone Leads to Child Porn, Rape Charges

DANVILLE -- Richard McGee, 74, of Danville, is locked up and facing a slew of charges including rape of a child, aggravated assault of a child, and possessing child porn.

"It's alleged that these incidents occurred over a six-month time frame, so this wasn't a one or two incident occurrence, this was something that was serial in nature,” said District Attorney Angela Mattis of Montour County.

Investigators say it started with a lost flip phone, found at BME, a self-storage business near Shamokin.

An employee found, it flipped it open and saw a nude photo of a young girl. Then saw more pictures of the girl with a man she recognized: Richard McGee.

That employee went to state police who called Danville detectives.

"We were contacted by state police around 9:30 Friday night. By 11, we were starting the interviews and approximately 1:30 we had the suspect in custody,” said Detective Justin Stanley of Danville Police.

Investigators say they found photos and videos of the 12-year-old girl. They say McGee quickly confessed to wrongdoing, but according to court papers, he told police he was trying to teach the girl "...what it would be like to be a prostitute."

He said the girl wanted him to snap pictures so he could print them “…for a scrap book when she turns 18.”

"Obviously he has some very twisted views on reality, so it's frightening frankly considering some of the things he's talking about and his justifications,” said Mattis.

According to court papers, the victim told police from January of this year, McGee raped her more than 20 times, always in the same place: his home at a senior apartment community in Danville.

"He lived above me, it's just shocking, scary, it's scary and I love living here and I love everybody. It's just one of those things you know that I just can't believe it. I'm still upset,” said Rose Cook of Danville.

"We always wondered about that because she didn't look very happy when she would come in here. I hope that he gets everything that they can throw at him, I really do,” said Patricia Zeiber of Danville.

25 comments

  • Beaver

    WNEP, ever conduct a study as to why the viewing area has so many deviant sexual activity? From Frackville to Danvilke to Scranton it seems like its a slamjam for sex offenders. What is going on???

    • the prison code - yeah, right

      Yeah, like there are no other rapists or pedophiles in prison. There is no honor among thieves and perverts – he will be welcomed and high-fived like a hero. This is isn’t ‘Oz’ or ‘Orange’ – they’re all animals in prison – he is just adding to their numbers.

  • J (@ds18301)

    Deport him back to Mexico! Build the Wall!!! Ooops….just another good ol’ local. I’m not seeing this endless crime wave by “illegals” you folks keep ranting about…I know you’re chomping at the bit for a story to appear so you can finally say I told you so. I do hope your hatred, racism and anger make you feel good inside.

    • is that so?

      Go to the PA State Police Megan’s Law web site – check out the scrolling list of the most wanted criminals in the state. Let us know how you make out. Is it still racism if it’s true? Sure, there’s anger – anger that our society has allowed this scum to infiltrate our cities and live off our hard work while they continue to break the law and pump out more babies that we get to pay for. You from Hazleton?

  • Longgreysocks

    Flip phones are popular in shamokin and the rest of the up and coming coal region. This guy possibly could of been a former long sock model. I wonder if he wore a local fire company half shirt with a high school referenced hat with velcros. Fashion is very distinct in this area.

  • MMMM

    STOP SAYING NEAR SHAMOKIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! This was in Paxinos, closer to Elysburg. Or don’t you want to reference high falutin Elysburg!? Stop saying near Shamokin in all your reports!!!!!!!!! Say where it actually is!!!!!!!! ENOUGH ALREADY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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