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Hershey Man Federally Sentenced for Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

October 21, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that William Charney, age 44, was sentenced yesterday by United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo to an 85 month term of imprisonment. Judge Rambo further ordered that Charney pay a $750 fine and serve 12 years of supervised release.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, in November 2009 AOL contacted the CyberTipling at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding nine child pornography images and an email exchange between two individuals discussing the trade of images. The investigation identified Charney as one of those individuals.

     A search was conducted of Charney's residence along with a forensic examination of the computers and computer related items seized during the search. Almost 700 image files and over 40 video files containing child pornography were located on the computer.

     Charney was charged on February 24, 2011 and pleaded guilty on April 11, 2011.

     This case was investigated by the Harrisburg office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom 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


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