Lawrence County Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, June 4, 2010, that on May 18, 2010, Matthew Duddy of Volant, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal child pornography laws.
The one‑count indictment, unsealed on June 2, 2010, names Duddy, age 37, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment presented to the court, from November 28, 2009, to January 21, 2010, Duddy possessed visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.
An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial at which the United States must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.
This case is a product 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 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.