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January 31, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 58-year-old Monroe County man pleaded guilty today before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy to receiving child pornography.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, John Greene, of Delaware Water Gap, 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.

     Greene faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a potential maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Judge Conaboy scheduled sentencing for May 11, 2011.

     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

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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