Police: Man posing as marshal sexually abused teen

A Conewago Township man posing as a U.S. marshal convinced a 16-year-old boy to perform sexual acts with the understanding that the man would help the boy with his criminal charges, according to police.

Northern York County Regional Police say John Bryan Snow told the boy that he could even help him become a marshal if the boy allowed Snow to perform oral sex on him.

He did this to the teen about 10 times over 20 different visits, court documents allege.

Snow, of the 100 block of Pine Tree Road, is charged with sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor and attempt to produce child pornography.

John Snow

Investigation: In May 2017, the victim told police that in January 2017 he met Snow on Facebook, where Snow told him he was a marshal and would help him with criminal charges if the teen allowed Snow to perform oral sex on him, charging documents allege.

The teen told authorities that Snow was training him to be a marshal, and that part of the training was to be able to receive oral sex at any given time in case it was needed in an undercover operation, police said.

He told police he never provided oral sex to Snow and that the alleged incidents happened in Strinestown and other places in York County, according to court documents.

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Snow also asked the teen to send him pictures of his penis and body, which the boy sent, police said. 

Northern Regional Detective William Haller wrote in charging documents that Snow was not a marshal, had never been a marshal and was not affiliated with any type of law enforcement.

Additionally, a member of the U.S. Marshals Service informed police that Snow had been representing himself as a marshal in the East Pennsboro area, in Cumberland County, court documents state.

Police searched the victim's phones and found messages between the two that were supposedly part of the training, including "SHOTS FIRED," officials said. Police say the victim began to catch on that Snow was not a marshal and began making searches online related to marshal training and fake U.S. marshals.

Charges were filed April 19, and Snow was arraigned on the charges Wednesday, April 25. He was sent to prison without bail.

Snow does not have an attorney listed yet.

His preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 29 at District Judge David Eshbach's office.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.