A Lancaster man was sentenced to five years in prison and five years of supervised release on his conviction on child pornography charges Friday.
Joseph Marranca Jr., 68, was accused of posting an ad on Craigslist seeking a teenager, after which he began engaging in online chats with a person whom he was led to believe was a 14-year-old girl but was actually an undercover police officer. During the conversation, Marranca requested pictures of the girl and made arrangements to meet her at a local park. He was promptly arrested when he showed up and met the undercover officer instead.
He was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara Friday. The case, which was handled by U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, was pursued as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative aimed at combatting child sexual exploitation and abuse that was launched by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2006.