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Schuylkill County Man Sentenced for Producing Child Pornography

September 6, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, announced that a federal judge has sentenced a Schuylkill County man to 20 years in prison for the production of child pornography.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Timothy Russell Steward, Jr., age 39, of Barnesville, Schuylkill County, was indicted by a grand jury for allegedly committing the offense at various times between 2000 and 2011. On Wednesday, Senior United States District Judge Richard P. Conaboy sentenced Steward to a term of imprisonment of 20 years plus a lifetime of supervised release. Upon release, Steward will be required to comply with all of the sex offender registration requirements of the Adam Walsh Act.

     The charges against Steward stem from an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Unit and United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations(HSI), with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. It is alleged that Steward produced numerous pornographic pictures of a young boy and saved them on various forms of media. A forensic examination of Steward’s computer and other media revealed additional images of alleged child pornography received and possessed by Steward.

     Steward was taken into custody on December 23, 2011, and remains incarcerated.

     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."

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

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