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Ex Pa. state trooper gets house arrest for sending teen nude video

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(CBS/AP) HARRISBURG, Pa. - A former state trooper was given six month of house arrest with an electronic monitoring bracelet after he admitted to sending a webcam video of himself dancing naked to an agent who was posing as a 13-year-old girl.

The former trooper, Douglas Sversko, was sentenced Friday and will also be put on probation for five years, registered as a sex offender for 10 years and barred from having unsupervised contact with minors during probation, a spokesman for the state attorney general's officer said.

An evaluation determined Sversko was not a violent sexual predator, and he sought counseling that decided no additional treatment was needed, his lawyer Nichole A. Collins said.

"It seemed to be an isolated incident out of character that the doctors don't feel will happen again," she said.

Sversko has a 13-year-old daughter. He was the first trooper to be arrested by the attorney general's Child Predator Unit since its creation in January 2005. The office had wanted a sentence of three to twelve months behind bars.

44-year-old Sversko sent the video in March 2010 after speaking with who he thought was a teenage girl in an online chat, said authorities. He pleaded guilty to two felonies, including unlawful contact with a minor and criminal use of a communication facility.

It took 11 months to arrest Sversko after he sent the video, which spokesman Bils Frederiksen said was because of the extra investigative work in these types of cases.

"There's a lot of investigative work that's involved in any of our child predator unit investigations, not all of which we can talk about," he said. "When our agents and investigators have reached the point where they think it's appropriate to file charges, we do."


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