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Monroeville Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2010

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

Eric E. Nelson, 45, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Nov. 18, 2009, Nelson possessed images and videos on his computer of child pornography.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for April 22, 2011. 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Eric E. Nelson.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the  growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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