Waterford Man Charged With Child Pornography Offenses
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, August 5, 2010, that Michael Lawrence Tadlock, a resident of Waterford, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children.
The two-count indictment named Tadlock, age 36, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, Tadlock received, distributed and possessed computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian A. Trabold, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of thirty years in prison, a fine of $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.