North Hills Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Child Porn
PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Hampton Twp., Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Michael L. Karrer, 40, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on May 13, 2008, during the execution of a search warrant by the Pennsylvania State Police, Karrer was found in possession of images of child pornography on both his cellular telephone and his personal computer. The images found on Karrer's cell phone depicted the sexual abuse of a prepubescent child. The pornographic images located on his computer depicted a 14‑year‑old child. The children were later identified by law enforcement.
The terms of Karrer's guilty plea included, in part, that he agree to serve the 10‑year statutory maximum term of imprisonment and a lifetime term of supervised release to follow such imprisonment. Karrer further agreed to pay any court ordered restitution to the victims of his conduct.
Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for April 20, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Karrer will remain in custody pending the sentencing proceeding.
Assistant United States Attorney Soo C. Song is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch appeared at the hearing on her behalf.
The Pennsylvania State Police, along with the Hampton Township Police Department, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Karrer.
This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse, led by the United States Attorney's 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.