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Wesleyville Man Sentenced To 20 Years In Prison For Producing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 2010

ERIE, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 3, 2010, that Kenneth Reynolds, a resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court in Erie to two hundred and forty months in jail to be followed by twenty years of supervised release on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children.

United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin imposed the sentence on Reynolds, age 34.

According to information presented to the court by Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold, Reynolds took video with his cell phone of a minor female laying naked in his bedroom.  Reynolds also acknowledged that he directed another minor female to take video inside the girls locker room at Iroquois High School while school was in session.  An examination of Reynolds' computer equipment also revealed hundreds of child pornography movie clips, some depicting minors as young as four engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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. 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.

Mr. Cessar commended the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Reynolds.

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