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York Man Convicted of Child Pornography Charges Sentenced to 600 Months in Prison

July 31, 2012

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that a York man convicted of sexual exploitation of a child, production of child pornography, distribution and receipt of child pornography and possession of images depicting the sexual abuse of children was sentenced by United States District Court Chief Judge Yvette Kane to 600 months (50 years) in prison, $1,800 fine and supervised release for life.

     According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Brian William Walpole, age 43, of York, was found guilty in January 2012 of all counts of the Indictment following a two-day jury trial in Harrisburg.

     Walpole shared numerous image and video files that depicted the sexual abuse of children in a peer to peer file sharing program. The investigation further revealed that Walpole had taken numerous videos of a minor boy engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

     Walpole was indicted in December 2010.

     This 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 internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

     This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation with the assistance of the Northern York County Regional Police Department. Prosecution was handled by Assistant United States Attorney Daryl F. Bloom.


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