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New Castle Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

July 7, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, July 7, 2010, that Todd D. Covert, a resident of New Castle, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of child pornography.

Covert, age 46, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman advised the court that on July 8, 2009, the Pennsylvania State Police executed a search warrant at Covert's residence.  A computer and certain compact discs were seized.  A forensic examination of the material revealed that Covert possessed 17 videos and 168 still images constituting child pornography, all of which had been downloaded from the internet. Six of the videos showed the penetration of prepubescent children by adult males.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for 11:00 a.m. on October 26, 2010.  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.

The Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Todd D. Covert.

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