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Marshall Township Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 4, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, March 4, 2010, that on February 23, 2010, Adi Chadran of Wexford, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possession of child pornography.

The one‑count indictment, unsealed on March 1, 2010, named Chadran, age 48, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on May 13, 2009, Chadran possessed child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Barbara K. Swartz, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of ten (10) years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 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 government must prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

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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