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Cumberland County man sentenced to 30 years in federal prison for production of child pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 23, 2011

    The United States Attorneys Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Cumberland County man was sentenced today in federal court for the production and distribution of child pornography.

    Mark Anthony Permenter, age 32, of Hampton Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 360 months’ imprisonment and twenty years of supervised release by United States District Court Chief Judge Yvette Kane. Judge Kane further ordered that Permenter pay $1,100 in fines.

    According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, Permenter had contact with an undercover postal inspector and sent him a sample via the internet of his child pornography. The investigation revealed that Permenter had taken photographs of multiple girls under the age of seven whom he had contact with or watched.

    Permenter was indicted on November 17, 2010 for the production and distribution of child pornography. He pleaded guilty on January 31, 2011.

    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, 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.

    The case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspectors, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Delaware County Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Consiglio.


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