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three luzerne county men indicted on child pornography charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2011

   The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that three men were indicted by a federal grand jury sitting in Scranton yesterday on child pornography charges.

   According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, brothers Derek Pruveadenti, age 22, and Daniel Pruveadenti, age 25, both of the same residence in Hanover Township, Pennsylvania, and Andrew Scott Hutchison, age 46, of West Pittston, Pennsylvania, were charged in separate indictments.

The grand jury alleges that Daniel Pruveadenti used a computer to download and distribute images of child pornography between 2003 and March 8, 2011. His brother, Derek Pruveadenti is alleged to have used a separate computer to download images of child pornography between 2008 and March 8, 2011.

   The charge against the Pruveadenti brothers resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Pennsylvania State Police.

   Hutchison allegedly used a computer to download and distribute images of child pornography between December 2010 and February 16, 2011.

   The charge against Hutchison resulted from an investigation by the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of the Department of Homeland Security, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Luzerne County District Attorny’s Office, and West Pittston Police.

    If convicted, all three men face a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a possible maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, at least five years up to a life term of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.

   U.S. Attorney Smith noted that these cases were 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.

     The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

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