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Luzerne County man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

November 4, 2011

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 22-year-old Hanover Township resident pleaded guilty yesterday before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to receiving child pornography.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Derek Pruveadenti admitted to using a computer to download images of child pornography between 2008 and March 8, 2011.

     Pruveadenti was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2011, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.

     Under the terms of the plea agreement, if it is accepted by the court, Pruveadenti will be sentenced to between 60 months and 78 months in prison, to be followed by twenty years of supervised release. The agreement also requires Pruveadenti to comply with sex offender registration and treatment 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 is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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