HARRISBURG, PA — Acting Attorney General Michelle Henry announced that George Karagiannis, 30 of Wayne County, was sentenced Tuesday to 14 to 31 years in prison, followed by 3 years of probation, for charges related to the sexual assault of two children in Carbon County.
“The details of this case are disturbing, and I am glad to see a dangerous predator taken off the streets,” said Acting AG Henry. “Our Office is committed to protecting and standing up for the safety of children across the Commonwealth, and will continue to be relentless in our pursuit of those who harm children.”
In 2020, Karagiannis began talking to the victims, ages 12 and 13 at the time, through the social media sites Omegele, KiK, and SnapChat. Karagiannis developed an online relationship with the girls, eventually asking them to send him nude photographs and to meet him for sexual contact. In May 2020, he met the girls at night at a local park where he sexually assaulted them.
Following a trial, a jury found Karagiannis guilty of sexually assaulting the two minors including Aggravated Indecent Assault and related charges. He was sentenced to 14 to 31 years in prison, followed by 3 years of probation, and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
Concerned citizens are encouraged to report child abuse to the Pennsylvania ChildLine by calling 1-800-932-0313. The Office of Attorney General also has a Child Predator Hotline number for online sexual exploitation of children at 800-385-1044.
This case was prosecuted by Deputy Attorney General Angela Raver, Deputy Attorney General Angela Sperrazza, Special Agents Nicole Whaley and Kate Fallon.
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