MEDIA COURTHOUSE — One of six men busted in an online underage sex-sting operation in December was sentenced to 2½ to 5 years in a state prison Monday after pleading guilty to attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 years old.
Joseph P. Fahy, 49, of Media, was also ordered to register as a sex offender for life under Megan’s Law and serve five years of consecutive sex offender probation by Common Pleas Court Judge G. Michael Green.
Fahy and five others were individually arrested between Dec. 8 and 11 in Tinicum as part of a sting led by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, members of the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and multiple municipal police departments, according to District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
According to information previously provided by the DA’s office, Fahy discussed sexual activity and set up a Dec. 8 meeting over a social media site with what he believed was a 14-year-old boy, but was actually an undercover member of law enforcement.
He was arrested on felony counts of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, attempted corruption of minors, and criminal use of a communication facility. The remaining charges were dismissed under the plea negotiated by Assistant District Attorney Allison Velez and defense counsel Lindsay Killian.
Fahy did not speak during the hearing Monday, but Killian said he has strong family support from five sisters and three brothers, and that he was employed full time with American Airlines as a fleet service agent when he was arrested. His only prior contact with the law was a charge for driving while intoxicated, said Killian.
In addition to prison time, Fahy was ordered to undergo a psychosexual evaluation and provide a DNA sample to state police. He cannot live with, work with or volunteer with minors under the plea, and is to have no contact with minors except for supervised visitation with his niece and nephew.
Fahy is not eligible for early release on good time or boot camp, but was given credit for time served back to his arrest date of Dec. 9. Velez waived a sexually violent predator assessment as part of the plea.
The other five defendants arrested in the sting — Daniel J. Miller, 25, of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Andrew Chang, 57, of Upper Darby; Tyler A. Wilder, 31, of Glenmoore, Chester County, Stephen L. Maghandy-Taghap, 37, and Laurence D. Tom, 48, both of Philadelphia — are awaiting their own court dates in the coming weeks.