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kingston man sentenced to prison for downloading child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 19, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a Kingston, Pennsylvania resident was sentenced to 66 months in prison today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley for receiving child pornography.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Randall Hayes, age 25, previously admitted to downloading images of child pornography on his computer during a one-month time period in February-March 2010.

     Hayes was charged in a criminal Information on November 16, 2010, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Kingston Police Department.

     Judge Munley also ordered that Hayes serve 15 years of supervised release following his prison sentence. Hayes must also pay a $2,000 fine and a $100 special assessment.

     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.

     U.S. Attorney Smith noted that Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

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