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A Man Involved With a Teen Girl’s Suicide Is Sentenced to 22 Years

Nine years after a young South Williamsport girl took her own life, a man who was held responsible was sentenced to 22 years and three months in prison on child pornography charges.

Marc Punzalan, 27, formerly of Maryland, pleaded guilty in federal court to the charges alleging he sexually exploited a child. Last week, he was sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann, who called Punzalan’s conduct “sickening.”

The sentence will run concurrently with a 15-year-term imposed in 2015 in Maryland for the same charge involving four other young girls. Brann noted in court that Punzalan, who most likely will be deported to his native Philippines following his prison term, is a sexual predator. Punzalan will serve a total of 30 years in prison and must register as a sex offender.

Read the source article at northcentralpa.com

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