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Penn Hills Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Sexual Enticement Of Minor

September 30, 2010

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 121 months in prison followed by 25 years supervised release for violating federal child exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Robert Pawlowski, 49.

According to information presented to the court and to a trial jury, Pawlowski used the Internet and a cellular telephone over the course of a month in an attempt to entice a person he believed to be a 15‑year‑old girl into engaging in illegal sexual conduct with him.

Pawlowski was detained and ordered to begin service of his sentence at the conclusion of the hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pittsburgh High Tech Crimes Task Force, and the Allegheny County District Attorney=s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Pawlowski.

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 and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, 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

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