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Dubois Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2010

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. ‑ A resident of Dubois, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possessing child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Richard W. Prew, 38, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Feb. 5, 2010, Prew knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files which were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Dec. 16, 2010, at 10 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Prew on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pa. State Police (BCI West/Computer Crime) and the Department of Homeland Security (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Prew.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States 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.

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