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Former State Corrections Officer Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

September 14, 2011

     The United States Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Luzerne County resident who previously worked as a State Corrections Officer was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik to 108 months in federal prison for receiving and distributing child pornography.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, William Warman, age 42, of Luzerne, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to using a computer to download and share images of child pornography during 2008 and May 28, 2010.

     Warman was indicted by a federal grand jury on August 17, 2010, as a result of an investigation by special agents of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, the Pennsylvania State Police Northeast Computer Crimes Unit, and the Lackawanna County and Luzerne County District Attorneys' Offices.

     Judge Kosik further ordered that Warman pay a $1,000 fine; a $100 special assessment; and be placed on supervised release for life following his prison sentence. Judge Kosik also ordered that Warman's federal sentence run consecutive to the sentence he is currently serving for a state offense.

     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 was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.


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