DALLAS TWP. — Richard Stoss and his daughter were charged in a revenge plot of falsely reporting child pornography on a computer, according to court records.
Stoss, 42, of Hill Top Drive, allegedly admitted he had his daughter, Erica Boston, 26, file a police report that she found images of children engaged in sex acts on a computer owned by Robert Adams on Tuesday.
Stoss told investigators he was upset that his wife, Heather Stoss, had left him and was now living with Adams, according to the criminal complaint.
Stoss was arraigned Thursday by District Judge James Tupper on charges of false reports to incriminate another person and criminal conspiracy to file a false report. Boston was arraigned Wednesday on the same charges.
They were released on $5,000 unsecured bail.
According to the criminal complaints:
Boston told authorities on Tuesday that she was inside Adams’ residence in Valley View Park in Dallas Township visiting her stepmother and using Adams’ computer. While on the computer, Boston claimed she opened a photo file and viewed a young girl having sexual relations with an adult.
Boston claimed there were other photos of child pornography on the computer, the complaints say.
Investigators alleged Boston was inconsistent with her responses to questions and was asked if she understood what she was reporting. Boston later admitted she lied and said she was never at Adams’ residence.
Boston allegedly told investigators “my father” told her to lie claiming her father called her Tuesday morning to report to police she had seen sexually explicit images of girls on Adams’ computer, according to the complaints.
Stoss apologized asking investigators, “is there anything we can do to make this right?” the complaints say.
Stoss admitted he should not have asked Boston to call police, noting he was upset his wife left him for Adams, according to the complaints.
Preliminary hearings are scheduled on March 20.