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Lawrence County Man Charged With Child Exploitation Crimes

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July 19, 2011

FBI Asks Public to Call with Information

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Enon Valley, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on child exploitation crimes and will remain in federal custody pending trial, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The two-count indictment named Patrick Joseph Kofalt, 54, as the sole defendant.  According to the indictment, on or about Dec. 2, 2009, Kofalt received, possessed and accessed material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

At a detention hearing before federal Magistrate Judge Cathy Bissoon, the government presented evidence that Kofalt has been accused by three separate victims of multiple instances of sexual contact and sexual assault by Kofalt.  One of the child victims was six years old or younger at the time.  A Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation also testified that a search of Kofalt's home produced more than 1,000 images of suspected child pornography as well as other sexual images and videos of children who have since been identified.  Anyone with information regarding Kofalt is encouraged to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at 412-432-4000.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 30 years in prison, and a fine of $500,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Soo C. Song is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, together with the Pennsylvania State Police, conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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