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York man gets 10 years in prison for coercing a minor

Christopher Dornblaser
717-505-5436/@YDDornblaser

A York man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for coercing a minor to engage in sexual activity, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Peter Smith.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Gabriel Palmer, 22, coerced a teenage boy into engaging in sexual activity between 2013 and 2015.

The indictment states that between March 2013 and March 28, 2015, Palmer use phone, Internet, a computer and U.S. mail to persuade an underage person to engage in sexual activity in York and Cumberland counties. He was charged with coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and distribution and receipt of child pornography, according to the indictment.

Palmer pleaded guilty to the first charge in November, and the second charge was dismissed, according to online court documents.

Palmer was indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg in May of last year after an investigation by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Silver Spring Township Police Department, Homeland Security Investigation and the Cumberland County Forensics team, according to the release.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com.