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Carnegie Man Sentenced To Prison For Possessing Child Porn

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 12, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A Carnegie, Pa., resident has been sentenced in federal court in Pittsburgh to 97 months in prison followed by lifetime supervised release on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch imposed the sentence on Charles Jude Gaschler, 63, of Carnegie, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, a search warrant was executed at Gaschler's residence on Dec. 23, 2009.  Gaschler lived alone.  The computer seized from the residence contained over 100 videos of child pornography, including videos showing graphic sexual acts between adult males and prepubescent boys.  In 1973,Gaschler was convicted of Sodomy and sentenced to 11 to 23 months in jail.  Judge Bloch rejected the defendant's motion for a sentence below the guideline range.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case for the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gaschler.

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. Attorney's 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, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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