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Former Westmoreland County Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography

July 26, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, July 26, 2010, that Michael Wise, a resident of Forest Hills, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges related to the possession of child pornography.

Wise, age 41, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.

In connection with the guilty plea, Assistant United States Attorney Soo C. Song advised the court that a detective with the Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office obtained a search warrant for the defendant's residence, then at Scott Street and North Carbon Street in Westmoreland County.  The warrant was obtained after a child alleged that Wise had produced photographs and images of child pornography.  A computer and storage media were seized that contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.  Images included known child victims, prepubescent minors and images of sadomasochistic depictions of violence.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for November 30, 2010, at 11:00 AM.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, 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 Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office and the Greensburg Police Department, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Wise.

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