Ex-National Guard officer gets prison on child predator charge


A former National Guard officer will serve up to four years in prison for soliciting sex from an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl.

Joseph Witmer, 51, of Hummelstown, was sentenced Monday in Dauphin County Court to two to four years, followed by 10 years of probation. 

The state attorney general’s office says Witmer was a chief warrant officer at Fort Indiantown Gap when he posted an online classified ad for a “50M seeking Teen to play Monday only.”

The undercover agent responded to the ad, and prosecutors said Witmer sent sexually explicit messages and solicited the agent for inappropriate pictures.

Witmer was arrested in March 2017 when he arranged to meet the “girl.”

He pleaded no contest in February to a felony charge of unlawful contact with a minor.

He no longer serves in the National Guard.

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