Former Philly Skate Zone employee sentenced for engaging in sexual communication with Lower Moreland teen

Joseph McGuire, 66, of Philadelphia, was sentenced 7 to 14 years in prison after admitting to having more than 1,000 text message and phone conversations, many of a sexual nature, with a 15-year-old Lower Moreland Township girl between 2021 and 2022, The Reporter said.

McGuire has been charged with unlawful contact or communication with a minor, dissemination of explicit sexual materials to a minor, and corruption of a minor in connection with the incidents.

He was ordered by a judge to complete 5 years of probation consecutive to parole and to have no contact with the victim. The Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board determined he meets state criteria to be classified as a sexually violent predator, The Reporter said.

“I deeply apologize. I hope to turn my life around,” McGuire said in court.

McGuire was arrested on March 29, 2023 after a year-long investigation, according to Lower Moreland police.

The investigation began on January 2, 2022, when Lower Moreland police responded to a Levy Lane residence in Huntingdon Valley where the mother reported that an adult male had exchanged sexually explicit text messages with her daughter.

The victim’s sister said she had seen sexually explicit text messages between the juvenile and McGuire. According to The Mercury, McGuire once worked at the Philly Skate Zone, Palace Roller Rink, where he met the victim.

The girl also said that McGuire gave her marijuana and offered her alcohol.

Detectives found 641 voice calls, 1,278 text messages and three “other” types of communication between McGuire’s phone and the victim’s phone.

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