Union County man allegedly exploited children sexually

A Lewisburg man was indicted with alleged sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler.

A federal grand jury in Williamsport returned an indictment charging Tony A. Vonneida, 62, of Lewisburg.

The indictment alleges that in 2014, Vonneida coerced a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, in violation of federal law.

It also is alleged that Vonneida committed the acts while he was required to register as a sex offender under Pennsylvania law.

The indictment further alleges that Vonneida knowingly possessed digital images that contained images of child pornography including minors who had not attained 12 years of age that had been mailed, or shipped or transported in interstate commerce.

The investigation was conducted by the FBI, the state police and the Buffalo Valley Regional Police Department. Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey W. MacArthur has been assigned to prosecute the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law is 60 years of imprisonment, up to a lifetime term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $750,000 fine.