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Monroe County Man Sentenced to 78 Months in Prison for Child Pornography Offense

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 7, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 42-year-old Effort man was sentenced to 78 months in federal prison yesterday by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo for receiving child pornography.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Michael Nawrocki previously admitted to using a computer to download images of child pornography in July 2010.

     Nawrocki was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2010, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Pocono Township Police.

     In imposing sentence, Judge Caputo noted the serious nature of the crime and the fact that those who download images of child pornography help perpetuate a market for the sexual abuse of children. Judge Caputo also explained that the sentence will hopefully serve to deter others from committing similar crimes.

     Judge Caputo ordered Nawrocki to be placed on 10 years of supervised release following his prison sentence, and to pay a $1,000 fine and a $100 special assessment. Nawrocki 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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