Employees at a Rite Aid in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, helped stop two alleged pedophiles after they noticed two men left inappropriate photos of young girls jammed in the photo printer machine on July 9.
After store managers were alerted to the photos, which featured girls whose ages were estimated to be between 10 and 12, they called police. Timothy M. Rissmiller, 43, and John Leon Gilbert III, 35, were arrested the next day and they have both been charged with one count each of possession of child pornography and conspiracy possession of child pornography, The Patriot-News reported.
According to the criminal complaint, one of the photos featured one of the girls naked in a swimming pool and another photo showed a different girl naked with her legs spread. Employees confiscated the photos and handed them over to the police, in addition to store surveillance footage.
The pictures were reportedly left behind because the machine had broken. Thus, Gilbert and Rissmiller said they would come back later to retrieve their photographs, according to The Patriot-News. The machine began working again shortly after the two men left, and the employees immediately confiscated the photos to give to police.
Gilbert was arrested at a local drug addiction treatment center.
Rissmiller already has a prior conviction for possessing child pornography. According to Pennsylvania’s sex offender registry, he was convicted in 2005.
Both Gilbert and Rissmiller are being held Dauphin County Prison in lieu of $100,000 bail. Rissmiller will appear in court on Sept. 9 and Gilbert’s preliminary trial is set for July 20.
(Left: Timothy M. Rissmiller; Right: John Leon Gilbert III, via Dauphin County Prison)
Image via Dauphin County Prison, WikiCommons