souderton man Charged in child pornography indictment
Ian H. Ranberg, 47, of Souderton, PA, was charged today by Indictment1 with receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger. According to the indictment, Ranberg received images of child pornography between May 23, 2012 and May 29, 2012, and between August 19, 2012 and September 19, 2012. It is further alleged that on February 2, 2013, Ranberg distributed a video containing child pornography. The indictment also alleges that on August 21, 2013, Ranberg was in possession child pornography on his computers and external hard drives.
If convicted of all charges, Ranberg faces a maximum possible sentence of 70 years in prison, including a five year mandatory minimum, a minimum of five years but up to a lifetime of supervised release, fines of up to $1 million, 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.
This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Natali.
1An Indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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