Lancaster Man Charged In Child Porn Case
David Gast, 27, of Lancaster, PA, was charged today by information with receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the information, between March 19, 2010 and July 7, 2011, Gast received over the Internet pictures and videos that depicted children being sexually abused, and he possessed in excess of 600 images of child pornography.
If convicted, Gast faces a maximum possible sentence of 30 years incarceration, which includes a mandatory five year term of imprisonment, five years up to a lifetime of super vised release, a $500,000 fine and a $200 special assessment.
The case was investigated by the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jeffery W. Whitt.
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, 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.
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