Birdsboro Man Faces Minimum of 25 Years in Prison After Second-Strike Sex Offense Conviction | #childpredator | #kidsaftey | #childsaftey

A Birdsboro man arrested by the Lancaster County District Attorney’s Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) was found guilty by jury last week following a two-day trial before Lancaster County Judge Thomas Sponaugle.

Bradley Buchanan, 39 of the 400 block of E. 3rd Street, was found guilty on charges of attempted statutory sexual assault (11 years older), soliciting sex (11 years older), unlawful contact with a minor, attempting to patronize a victim of human trafficking, soliciting sex a victim of human trafficking, attempted indecent assault of a person less than 16, and soliciting sex from a person less than 16.

The jury deliberated for roughly an hour and 45 minutes before returning the verdict.

Buchanan faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 25 to 50 years for the second-strike offense after he was convicted of having sex with a 15-year-old in Berks County in 2012.

“This was an online child predator sting that caught just that,” Assistant District Attorney Fritz Haverstick said during his closing argument. “Bradley Buchanan was online looking to prey on a child in this community. He was online looking to purchase the body of a 12-year-old from that child’s aunt, so he could sexually abuse that child for $250. [The defendant] thought he found just that. Fortunately, he found a dedicated team of law enforcement officers who are trying to keep this community safe from child predators.”

On August 24, 2022, an online advertisement was posted by law enforcement offering sex with a minor. Communication began between the defendant and law enforcement, which posed as a family member of a 12-year-old to facilitate sex acts.

The defendant agreed to pay $250 to have sexual intercourse with the 12-year-old for 30 minutes and requested a nude photograph. The phone numbers used in the communications tracked back to the defendant.

The male followed directions to take a photo of a gas station pump and travel to a hotel in Salisbury Township, Lancaster County. The defendant acknowledged observing a person at the door of the hotel in a purple shirt, which was an undercover officer, and was arrested.

Buchanan is one of nine defendants arrested in similar HTTF stings in 2022 and one of four defendants (Joseph Giannini, Jose Villa Corta, and Jeffrey Fralich) who have been convicted. The remaining defendants are presumed innocent.

Pennsylvania State Trooper Amos Glick filed charges and testified at trial.

MEDIA CONTACT: Sean McBryan, [email protected]; Twitter: @SeanMcBryanLanc.

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