Anthony Quairoli

Anthony Quairoli

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A 23-year-old Essington man arrested with nine others in a coordinated Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force sting operation earlier this year was sentenced to seven years of sex offender probation Monday.

Anthony Quairoli will also register as a sexual offender for 25 years, comply with the recommendations of psychosexual and psychological evaluations, and provide a DNA sample to state police under the negotiated plea worked out by Assistant District Attorney Danielle Gallaher and defense attorney David Daniel.

Quairoli pleaded guilty Monday before Common Pleas Court Judge John Capuzzi to one count of unlawful contact with a minor, a felony of the second degree, for an attempted meet-up with a 12-year-old girl April 6.

The “girl” was actually Ridley Township Police Officer Timothy Kearney, a special county detective with ICAC, who was posing on a social media application, according to an affidavit of probable cause written by county Detective Mark Bucci.

Quairoli began chatting with what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl and asked if she wanted to hang out, according to the affidavit. He then asked if she wanted to have sex with him and offered to use his house for “privacy,” the affidavit says.

Kearney, responding as the girl, replied that she was actually only 12 years old. Quairoli responded that he was OK with her age and still wanted to have sex with her, according to the affidavit.

The two arranged to meet at a location in the county. Police saw Quairoli arrive at the location about 8:20 p.m. He was taken into custody without incident after confirming to the “girl” that he was at the meet-up spot.

Several of the other defendants arrested individually in the sting have already pleaded. One is listed as “inactive” and five others are scheduled for court appearances through March.

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