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Murrysville man jailed on charges he received nude photos of 14-year-old girl

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, 3:30 p.m.

A judge this week revoked bond for a Murrysville man after new allegations surfaced that he requested and received nude photos from a 14-year-old girl via social media.

Daniel David Lawrence, 18, had been free on $50,000 unsecured bond set in May for charges that he recorded video of sexual encounters with his then-17-year-old girlfriend. Murrysville police filed new accusations Monday in connection with a Snapchat photo request that allegedly occurred while Lawrence awaited a preliminary hearing in the previous case.

During a bail revocation hearing Tuesday, District Judge Charles Conway ordered Lawrence to be held in Westmoreland County Prison.

Police first arrested Lawrence in August after a teen reported in May that he sent her three videos of sexual encounters between the two that she was unaware had been filmed, police said in court papers.

Police searched Lawrence's cellphone and computer and found multiple images of child pornography and photos and videos of the victim who made the report, police said. Those images and videos were taken while she was 17.

A condition of the unsecured bail set in August was that Lawrence “have no contact with any minor in a sexual nature,” Murrysville police Officer Matthew Panigal wrote in a criminal complaint filed this week.

A 14-year-old girl reported to police on Friday that Lawrence, who was an acquaintance, contacted her through Snapchat, a smartphone application on which messages and photographs can disappear after a period of time set by the sender. Lawrence allegedly requested nude photographs and the girl initially refused, she told police.

“... But Lawrence was persistent, so she did eventually send him nude pictures of her breasts and buttocks,” Panigal reported.

In both cases, Lawrence is charged with child pornography, filming child pornography, solicitation, unlawful contact with a minor and corruption of minors. His attorney declined to comment.

Preliminary hearings are set for Oct. 3.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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