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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Porn Videos

February 10, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to one year and one day in prison, to be followed by seven years of supervised release, the conditions of which will include 12 months of community confinement and 12 months of home confinement, on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence yesterday on Christopher Rys, 26.

According to information presented to the court, in and around February 2008, Rys possessed computer video files depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The videos and the materials used to produce them had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce.  The case began with an investigation by the Pennsylvania State Police into online file sharing over a peer-to-peer or "P2P" network known as Limewire.  Limewire is a software that creates a network among individual computer users, allowing them to share various electronic files.  A Pennsylvania State Police investigator discovered that Rys was sharing known child pornography files, leading to a search of his residence and the discovery of additional files.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a member of the Western Pennsylvania Crimes Against Children Task Force for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Rys.

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

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