The child sex victim of a former Baltimore County cop — who has already served time in York County Prison for sexting her photos of his penis — recently told police they continued their sexual relationship after he was released from prison, investigators said.
Bonsall was arraigned Tuesday afternoon by District Judge Jennifer Clancy, who set bail at $100,000. He can’t be released even if he posts bail because he’s being held on a probation-violation detainer.
He is charged with the felonies of disseminating sexually explicit material to a minor/second offense, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual abuse of a minor and possession of child pornography, as well as misdemeanor corruption of a minor, according to court records.
None of the charges is for having Bonsall allegedly having sex with the teen, since the legal age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16. Rather, each charge is tied to Bonsall allegedly possessing explicit photos of the girl and encouraging her to send him those photos, according to court documents.
Bonsall has been in York County Prison since Aug. 16 for allegedly violating his probation by continuing to see the underage girl and for allegedly committing new crimes against her, according to court documents.
“Bonsall promised (the teen) they would get married and have children,” Ward wrote in charging documents. “(She) feels manipulated and used by Bonsall and is suffering emotional trauma from the incidents.”
After being found in that apartment Aug. 15, the teen told investigators that Bonsall contacted her after his release and they resumed their relationship, according to his new charging documents. She was 17 by that time.
Police said Bonsall had two cellphones — a phone with no Internet access that was permissible under his probation conditions, and a phone that could connect to the Internet, which Bonsall wasn’t allowed to have.
Surprise visit: The York County Detective Bureau began investigating Bonsall after probation officers went to Bonsall‘s apartment in the 1400 block of Monroe Street for an unannounced visit on Aug. 15 and found the teen there.
“The victim’s clothing and personal belongings were scattered throughout the apartment — including in the defendant’s bedroom,” according to a probation/parole petition seeking to have Bonsall‘s parole revoked. A hearing on that petition is set for March 25.
He was committed to prison on a probation-violation detainer Aug. 16.
Bonsall, 41, was living with his wife and children in Jackson Township when Northern York County Regional Police learned he was having sex with a local girl and had sexted her photos of his penis and a video of him masturbating.
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