Norristown Man Charged With Production And Possession Of Child Pornography
Gary Romano, 57, of Norristown, Pennsylvania, was charged by Indictment, unsealed today, with the production and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. Romano was arrested this morning.
If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison, a $1 million fine, a mandatory minimum of five years up to a lifetime of supervised release and $400 in special assessments.
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 jointly investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcment (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), together with Montgomery County Detectives Mary Anders and David Schanes, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Ferman and Assistant District Attorney Abigail Silverman. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Denise S. Wolf.
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