CASE UPDATE: Former Westmoreland County Bible Study Teacher Sentenced to 1-2 Years for Soliciting Sex from Minor

April 29, 2019 | Topic: Criminal

HARRISBURG — Attorney General Josh Shapiro today announced that a Westmoreland County man was sentenced to 1-2 years in prison and on house arrest with 5 years of probation for soliciting sex from a minor. Timothy Myers, 32, of Latrobe, was arrested in June 2017 and pleaded guilty to Unlawful Contact with a Minor, Attempted Aggravated Indecent Assault, and Criminal Use of a Communication Facility.

The defendant was sentenced for soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old child on a social networking site. After acknowledging that he understood the undercover agent was a minor, the defendant propositioned him and arranged to meet. Myers had previously volunteered as a bible study teacher and specifically worked with youth.

“This defendant had extensive contact with children through his volunteer work, but at the same time, he was soliciting sex from a minor online,” said Attorney General Josh Shapiro. “I’m grateful for the hard work of our Child Predator Section to take him out of the community and out of a position where he could harm children. My Office will prosecute anyone who abuses or attempts to abuse children to the fullest extent of the law.”

The case was prosecuted by Senior Deputy Attorney General Chuck Washburn. Individuals who suspect an online predator or abuse are encouraged to call the Child Predator Hotline at 1-800-385-1044 or text “PAKIDS” followed by the tip to 847411.

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