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Scranton man indicted for receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography

July 24, 2012

The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal grand jury returned an indictment today charging a Scranton man with the receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Daniel Albert Mall, age 34, was charged with allegedly committing the offenses between 2001 and 2012.

Mall was taken into custody on May 30, 2012, and is currently being held at the Lackawanna County Prison. If convicted, Mall faces 30 years in prison, fines in the amount of $500,000, as well as lifetime sexual offender registration requirements pursuant to the Adam Walsh Act.

The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation - Crimes Against Children task force and the Pennsylvania State Police - Computer Crimes task force. Prosecution is assigned to Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.


An Indictment or Information is not evidence of guilt but simply a description of the charge made by the Grand Jury and/or United States Attorney against a defendant. A charged Defendant is presumed innocent until a jury returns a unanimous finding that the United States has proven the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt or until the defendant has pleaded guilty to the charges.

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