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Former Monroe County Businessman Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

October 19, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 59-year-old Monroe County man was sentenced yesterday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy to 14 years in federal prison for downloading child pornography from the internet.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, John Greene, of Delaware Water Gap, the former owner of Pack Shack Adventures, previously admitted that he used a computer to download images of child pornography during 2006 through February 8, 2010.

     Greene was indicted by a federal grand jury on February 16, 2010, following an investigation by the FBI, Scranton Police, and law enforcement officers in Belarus.

     Judge Conaboy also ordered that Greene be placed on supervised release for life following his release from prison. Greene must also pay a $100 special assessment. Judge Conaboy also ordered Greene to undergo sex offender treatment and comply with sex offender registration requirements.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that 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

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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