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Montgomery County, PA – The Springfield Township Police Department has announced the arrest of Tyler Degiacomo, 33, of Oreland, for his alleged role in the trafficking of minors and sexual abuse of children involving at least four victims in Pennsylvania and Alabama.

Investigation Sparked by Concerned Parent’s Report

In March 2024, a concerned parent reported to the police that she had discovered child sexual abuse material on her daughter’s phone, sent by a man in his 30s named “Tyler” via text message. Through investigation, the individual was identified as 33-year-old Tyler Degiacomo, a former substitute teacher, volunteer with the School District of Springfield Township, and a PIAA umpire and baseball coach.

Multiple Victims Identified Across States

Through search warrants and conducting digital forensic examinations of electronic devices, detectives were able to identify four victims. Two juveniles from Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, were allegedly sexually involved with Degiacomo and engaged in the production and transmission of child sexual abuse materials. Another victim was located in Clarion County, Pennsylvania, where Degiacomo is alleged to have exchanged money for child sexual abuse material. The fourth victim was found in Houston County, Alabama, where Degiacomo is accused of coercing the victim into sending child sexual abuse material.

Social Media Platforms Used for Exploitation

Investigators revealed that Degiacomo contacted each alleged victim through popular social media apps, including TikTok and Snapchat.

Charges and Arraignment

Degiacomo has been charged with

  • Trafficking in Minors,
  • Unlawful contact with a minor,
  • Sexual Abuse of Children,
  • Possession of Child Pornography,
  • Statutory Sexual Assault,
  • Aggravated Indecent Assault,
  • Corruption of Minors,
  • Criminal Use of a Communication Facility,
  • Indecent Assault, and
  • Furnishing Alcohol to minors.

Magisterial District Judge Jodi L. Griffis (38-1-13) arraigned him on June 1, 2024, and set bail at $500,000 cash. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11th, 2024, before Magisterial District Judge Katherine McGill (38-1-08).

Call for Additional Victims to Come Forward

Springfield Township Police Detectives are asking for assistance in identifying any additional victims in this matter. Anyone with information pertaining to this investigation is urged to contact Detective Stephen Craig at (215) 836-1601 x 1232.

Legal Recourse for Victims: Attorney Weighs In on School Sex Abuse

The shocking arrest of a former substitute teacher in Montgomery County on charges of trafficking minors and sexually abusing children has left many questioning what legal options are available to victims and their families. In an effort to provide clarity, we spoke with Guy D’Andrea, a seasoned Pennsylvania school sexual abuse lawyer, who offered his professional perspective on holding perpetrators and negligent parties accountable through civil litigation.

Laurence Banville, Esq.: This case has sent shockwaves through the community. What legal options do victims and their families have in such situations?

Guy D’Andrea, Esq.: Victims of sexual abuse by school substitutes or staff have the right to seek justice and compensation. They can file civil lawsuits against the perpetrator and potentially against the school district or other entities if negligence in hiring, supervision, or reporting is proven.

Banville: Can you elaborate on the potential negligence claims against schools or districts?

D’Andrea: Absolutely. Schools and districts have a duty to protect students from foreseeable harm. Failure to properly vet substitutes, lack of adequate training or oversight, or ignoring warning signs could constitute negligence, opening the door for victims to hold these institutions accountable.

Banville: What advice would you give to families considering legal action?

D’Andrea: My advice is to act promptly. Consult an experienced attorney who specializes in school sexual abuse cases. They can guide you through the process, protect your rights, and help you seek the compensation and justice you deserve. No child should suffer such trauma, and those responsible must be held accountable.

Banville: Thank you, Guy, for sharing your valuable insights on this critical issue.

Empowering Victims of School Sex Abuse: Take the First Step

Victims of sexual abuse and their families often feel overwhelmed and uncertain about their legal rights and options for seeking justice. D’Andrea emphasizes the importance of taking that first courageous step by consulting with an experienced attorney who specializes in school sexual abuse cases. At our firm, we offer free, confidential consultations to provide guidance, support, and a clear path forward. Remember, you are not alone in this battle, and we are here to fight tirelessly for the compensation and accountability you deserve.

Source:

https://6abc.com/post/tyler-degiacomo-arrested-trafficking-minors-sexual-abuse-children/14906262/

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