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Dubois Man Sentenced To 7 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Porn Pictures And Videos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8 , 2011

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Dubois, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 84 months in prison, 20 years supervised release, and required to register as a sex offender on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Charles W. Busatto, 29.

According to information presented to the court, on June 12, 2009, Busatto knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files which were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police, BCI West/Computer Crime, and the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Busatto.

This case was brought as part 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 United States 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.

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