North Wales Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography
Scott L. McQuirns, 53, of North Wales, PA, was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison for possession of child pornography. McQuirns pleaded guilty on June 9, 2011.
A forensic examination of Mr. McQuirn’s computer hard drive revealed that the defendant had more than 600 images and videos of child pornography. The government’s forensic examiner determined that there were at least 300 videos and approximately a total of 40,000 images. Some of these images depicted pre-pubescent individuals engaged in sexual intercourse, sadistic or masochistic conduct, and other depictions of violence, including bondage.
In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Legrome D. Davis ordered five years supervised release, payment of a $5,000 fine, payment of a $100 special assessment and ordered McQuirns to report to prison in April.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better 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 investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”) and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Roberta Benjamin.
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