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MIDDLEBURG — Christopher S. Morrison was convicted on Wednesday of child exploitation-related offenses, according to a news release from Snyder County District Attorney Mike Piecuch.

Morrison, 40, a Juniata County native, pleaded guilty in June to four counts of unlawful contact with a minor for the purpose of committing child sexual abuse.

In May 2020, it was discovered that Morrison – who at the time was assistant principal at Selinsgrove Area Middle School – was using a social media platform to solicit nude images of underage women while posing as a student.

Pennsylvania State Police, Selinsgrove, opened an investigation after a report from a family member of one of the victims. Further investigation identified four victims between the ages of 11 and 14.

The names or other identifying information of the victims or their families are not being released per Snyder County District Attorney’s Office policy.

Morrison was initially charged with two counts of soliciting a minor online for images of sexual acts, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of criminal use a means of communication, two counts of corruption of minors and a misdemeanor. count of possession of an instrumentality of crime.

Until Wednesday, he had been released on $175,000 bail.

Morrison was sentenced to 9 months to 8 years in state prison by Judge Michael Sholley and was immediately taken into custody. Morrison was also ordered to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law for the next 25 years.

Additionally, Morrison received a concurrent sentence of 8 years probation. This means that if he is paroled and violates his conditions of supervision, Morrison will be revoked by the state parole board as well as the county court.

He is not eligible to apply for parole until he has served his minimum nine-month sentence and completed any program or counseling mandated by the state Department of Corrections.

“I hope the state parole board will force Morrison to serve this eight-year sentence every day,” said Piecuch. “It is beyond heinous that he used a position of trust to victimize these girls.”

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Martha K. Merrill