A 43-year-old Mount Holly Springs man is in Cumberland County Prison on $1 million bail after being charged with felony child pornography, with potentially more charges on the way.
Keith Linzey was arraigned on Wednesday on the single charge of child pornography, though police said in an affidavit of probable cause that more charges could be filed as they obtain more information from Linzey’s phone.
According to the affidavit, police received a report on Jan. 24 from a neighbor who said Linzey was caught on camera at the Turkey Hill in Shippensburg intending to meet a 15-year-old girl to have sex with her. The video was created by South Central PA Child Predator Exposure, which runs a Facebook page and YouTube channel and posts videos of luring predators who indicated their interest online.
In Linzey’s case, he told police he made contact with someone he thought was a 15-year-old girl through Kik Messenger, a chat mobile app.
The child predator exposure group said no child was involved in what they were doing, and police told ABC27 that they can’t charge Linzey with trying to meet an underage girl for sex because it was not an official police operation and there was no victim in the incident.
Mount Holly Springs Detective Andrew Wolfe said that although the incident brought Linzey to their attention, Mount Holly police do not condone their actions.
“I would say that they are treading a very thin line,” Wolfe told ABC27 News last week. “They could get shot.”
After viewing the video that was posted, police visited Linzey at his home, and he answered the door saying, “I had a feeling you would come,” according to the affidavit. He admitted to police that his intentions were to meet the purported girl, go back to her place and have sex with her, court documents said.
Though police did not have search warrants, they said Linzey gave them two phones for them to search and he said he needs to “be honest,” the affidavit said.
Linzey said he uses his iPhone to gather naked pictures and that he has many pieces of child pornography on the phone, according to the affidavit.
Linzey provided the password for the phone to open it and showed responding officers the photo gallery with all the naked pictures, the affidavit said. Among them was a girl estimated to be about 10 years old, naked and engaged in a sex act with an adult male.
Wolfe said the images were from the internet and that they have not found any photos taken by Linzey himself.
Linzey told police there are many other pictures on the phone, and police are investigating all of the photos, according to the affidavit. Police said they are specifically leaving the charges of child pornography open until they can complete the investigation into what is on the phone.
In the meantime, Linzey will remain in prison on $1 million bail. He will have a preliminary hearing on Feb. 13 in front of Magisterial District Judge Susan Day.