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York man handed 10 year prison sentence for sexual assault of teenager

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HARRISBURG, Pa – Gabriel Palmer, age 22, York, was sentenced Monday to 10 years in federal prison by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, in Harrisburg, for coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Palmer sexually assaulted a 15 year boy and received and distributed child pornography to coerce the minor to engage in sexual activity between 2013 and 2015.

Palmer was indicted by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg in May 2015, as a result of an investigation by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Silver Spring Township Police Department, Homeland Security Investigations and the Cumberland County Forensics Team. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl Bloom.