Federal prison for York-area man who posed as U.S. marshal, exploited boy

Liz Evans Scolforo
York Dispatch

A Conewago Township man who posed as a deputy U.S. marshal to try to coerce a boy into sexual acts has been sentenced to 15 years in federal prison, according to court records.

John Bryan Snow, 28, pleaded guilty in February to the felonies of producing child pornography and impersonating a federal officer, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Harrisburg.

On Thursday, he appeared in Harrisburg's federal court and was sentenced to 15 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release, court records state. Supervised release is the federal version of probation.

His attorney, federal public defender Ari Weitzman, declined comment on Tuesday.

Snow was first arrested in York County, where Northern York County Regional Police filed charges in May 2018. His York County case remains active, according to court records.

He was first held in York County Prison from April to July 2018, then was remanded back to county prison in October 2018 and has been detained there since, according to prison records. October 2018 is when a federal grand jury indicted Snow, court records state.

John Snow

The background: Snow convinced a 16-year-old boy he met on Facebook that he was a member of the marshal's service and tried to coerce the teen to perform oral sex on him with the understanding he would help with the teen's criminal charges, police have said.

Snow also told the teen that he could even help him become a deputy marshal if the teen allowed Snow to perform oral sex on him, Northern Regional Police said.

He did this about 10 times over 20 visits that happened in various places in York County, including Strinestown, in early 2017, court documents state.

The teen went to police in May 2017, saying that Snow was training him to be a deputy 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.

The teen said he never performed oral sex on Snow, documents state.

Snow also asked the teen to send him pictures of his penis and body, which the boy sent, police said. That was the basis of the federal sexual exploitation charge.

According to court documents, Snow had also been representing himself as a deputy marshal in East Pennsboro Township, Cumberland County.

— Reach senior crime reporter Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @LizScolforoYD.

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