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PITTSBURGH MAN SENTENCED IN PENSACOLA FOR PROMOTING AND DISTRIBUTING CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 12, 2011

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA – Robert J. Kloss, Jr., 37, of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area was sentenced today in federal court in Pensacola on charges regarding the promotion and distribution of child pornography.

Between May 2010 and February 2011, Kloss engaged in a series of internet chats with an undercover Pensacola Police detective. During those chats, Kloss wrote graphically about his desire to engage in sexual acts with minor females and how he had begun to engage in such acts with an actual minor. A search warrant was eventually executed on his residence outside of Pittsburgh, and a forensic examination of his computer revealed that Kloss was engaged in the same type of online activity with many other victims. This activity included communicating his desire to engage in sexual acts with minors while the parents of the children watched.

Senior United States District Judge Lacey A. Collier sentenced Kloss to ten (10) years imprisonment to be followed by twenty (20) years of supervised release. He will be required to register as a sex offender.

In announcing the sentence imposed by the Court, U.S. Attorney Pamela Marsh stated: “Fighting child exploitation is one of the highest priorities of the Department of Justice. Crimes against children are devastating to individuals and families. The efforts that resulted in this sentence demonstrate the commitment of law enforcement to fully prosecuting sex offenders who use sophisticated technology to prey upon their victims.”

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched by the Department of Justice in May 2006 to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney David L. Goldberg of the Northern District of Florida.

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