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Lackawanna County Man Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison for Attempted Internet Enticement of a Minor

May 15, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 34-year-old Moscow man was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy to 11 years in federal prison for using the internet and a cell phone to attempt to entice a minor to engage in illegal sexual conduct.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, John Swenski previously admitted that he attempted to persuade and entice a minor to meet him in Scranton for illicit sexual purposes. Federal agents arrested Swenski in January 2010 when he arrived at a location for the purpose of meeting with the minor child.

     Swenski was indicted by a federal grand jury in February 2010, following an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scranton Police.

     Judge Conaboy also ordered Swenski to serve a life term of supervised release following his prison sentence, to pay restitution in the amount of $4,060, and pay a special assessment of $100. Swenski must also undergo sex offender treatment and comply with sex offender registration requirements.

     The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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