Former Rice Township Tenant Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography

Adam Dwight Snide, who had been a tenant in a Rice Township home when he was arrested last summer on child pornography charges, pleaded guilty in the Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas before Judge David Lupas on April 11.

Snide, 42, pleaded guilty to 100 felony counts of possession of child pornography and two felony counts of disseminating child pornography. Two counts of criminal use of communication facility were withdrawn.

Snide had been a tenant in the home of Marcia Thomas, who at the time was chair of the Rice Township board of supervisors. He testified upon his August 1 arrest that Thomas had been unaware that he had used the home’s internet service for illegal activities. Court records now list his place of residence as Wilkes-Barre. Snide has been ordered to have

no contact with minors, complete sex offender counseling and follow all treatment rules, forfeit all items seized in the criminal investigation and register as a sex offender.

He is scheduled for sentencing at 9:30 a. m. July 2 before Judge Lupas at the Luzerne County Courthouse.

According to the affidavit of probable cause filed at his arrest, Snide possessed more than 100 child pornography videos and images, including images depicting bondage scenarios and images of infants and toddlers. At his arrest, Snide told investigators he wouldn’t be surprised if they found tens of thousands of such images and videos on his computer, according to the affidavit. Snide told police he had been downloading and disseminating child pornography for over 20 years, according to the affidavit.