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Lawyer Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

April 27, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, April 27, 2010, that James C. Kuhn III of Brackenridge, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court in Pittsburgh to possession of child pornography.

Kuhn, age 64, pleaded guilty to the sole count of the indictment before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman, who handled the case, Kuhn paid $79.99 on eight occasions to purchase access to child pornography web sites.  A search warrant was executed upon Kuhn's law office, located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on October 4, 2007. One of the computers seized contained between 150 and 300 images of child pornography.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for August 27, 2010. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution in this case.

Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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