Former Pa. guardsman sentenced for trying to meet teen for sex

Written by The Associated Press | May 15, 2018 3:52 AM


(Harrisburg) -- A former officer in the Pennsylvania National Guard has been sentenced to prison for soliciting sex from a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Fifty-one-year-old Joseph Witmer, of Hummelstown, Dauphin County, was sentenced Monday to two to four years in prison.

He had pleaded no contest to charges including unlawful conduct with a minor.

Investigators say Witmer sent sexually explicit messages to an undercover investigator posing as a teen girl.

He was arrested when he showed up to meet with the fake teen.

Witmer was a chief warrant officer at Fort Indiantown Gap in Lebanon County when he was arrested in March 2017. He is no longer with the National Guard.

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