A Woolwich Township man — and one time Gloucester County 9-1-1 call center employee —; was sentenced Monday to 25 years in federal prison after being convicted of charges he attempted to persuade a woman to allow him to have sex with her young children. "He has proven himself to be a continual menace and viable threat to every child,” Assistant U. Attorney Michelle Rotella wrote in arguing for a life sentence for Desper, 41. District Judge John Fullam in Philadelphia marked the fourth time since 2002 that he was convicted of crimes involving the sexual abuse and exploitation of young children.“Quite simply, this defendant’s entire life revolves around the sexual exploitation and abuse of children,” Rotella wrote.She observed in an eight-year period, Desper was out of custody for “only five months.” Desper also has an August 2003 conviction in Fairfax County, Va., for soliciting a minor to engage in sexual activity.
There, he was given a two-year sentence, which was suspended.
Desper did not have to register as a sex offender following the convictions in Gloucester and Cumberland counties, Rotella noted.
“No child will be safe so long as Desper is allowed to ever go free.” On Feb.
16, 2009, Desper traveled to Ridley Township, Pa., believing he was going to photograph three girls in “various states of undress” and in exchange for a cash payment to their mother.
The mother turned out to be Detective Michelle Deery of the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office who was investigating child predators in an undercover capacity.
A search of his home computer turned up an estimated 8,000 images of child pornography.