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PITTSBURGH — A former Vernon Township man now is wanted by the U.S. Marshal Service for failing to report to a federal prison to serve a 10-year jail sentence for conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children.

Daniel J. Teed, 56, of Wexford is a former elected Vernon Township supervisor who served in the 1980s and also once ran for seat in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.

Teed pleaded guilty last year in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh to conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. As part of his sentencing, he was ordered by the court to report to the federal prison in Loretto, near Johnstown, by Jan. 5, but failed to do so.

Teed now is wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service Western Pennsylvania Fugitive Task Force after a warrant for Teed’s arrest was issued by U.S. District Court.

“He’s a native of Crawford County and he has a home in Wexford,” Tad Thompson, a deputy U.S. Marshal in Pittsburgh, said of Teed. “He’s had a home in Florida near Orlando and as part of his previous employment, he traveled the U.S. as a sales representative.”

In May 2017, Teed was charged by the U.S. attorney for western Pennsylvania with one count of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking of children. In June 2017, Teed pleaded guilty to the charge before U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab in Pittsburgh.

On Oct. 17, 2017, Teed was sentenced by Schwab to serve 10 years in jail followed by 20 years of probation. On Oct. 31, Teed filed an appeal of his sentence with the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals. The appeal still is pending.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said that from June 2015 to June 2016, Teed and another person knowingly entered into an agreement to conspire to recruit for sex trafficking an underage teenage girl.

In a story on Teed’s sentencing in October, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said an investigation by the FBI and Pittsburgh police uncovered communications between Teed and Ralph Ruprecht, a man who arranged sex parties via Craigslist, a classified advertisements website. The joint FBI-police investigation found communications between Teed and Ruprecht that clearly indicated they knew the girl was 16, the Post-Gazette said.

The Teed case developed out of the prosecution in state court of Ruprecht, a former girls’ basketball coach in Ambridge who is serving eight to 16 years in prison for rape and other offenses involving underage girls, according to the Post-Gazette.

Ruprecht arranged for sex parties with underage and adult women at hotels and an apartment on Penn Avenue in Pittsburgh’s Strip District, the Post-Gazette said. One of the victims was the 16-year-old, who in 2015 and 2016 was forced to have sex with as many as nine men, the Post-Gazette said.

Teed was one of Ruprecht’s customers, the Post-Gazette reported.

Teed admitted he sexually abused the girl with Ruprecht and on at least one occasion picked her up at her house and drove her to one of the parties at a hotel, the Post-Gazette said.

As part of his plea in June 2017, Teed admitted that he talked to the girl about her school activities, her plans for college and that he also texted her directly, the Post-Gazette said.

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