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Olyphant man sentenced to 78 months in prison for child pornography offense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2012

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 28-year-old Lackawanna County man was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison today by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik for receiving and distributing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Jonathan Allen, formerly of Olyphant, previously admitted to using a computer to download and share images of child pornography during 2010.

Allen was indicted by a federal grand jury in December 2011, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Lackawanna County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Kosik ordered Allen to be placed on supervised release for life after serving his prison sentence, and to pay a $500 fine and a $100 special assessment. Allen must also undergo sex offender treatment and comply with sex offender registration requirements when he is released from prison.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. 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 case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

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