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North Hills Man Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

June 2, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Hampton Township, Pa., was sentenced in federal court to 10 years in prison, and lifetime supervised release, for possessing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States Circuit Judge Michael D. Fisher imposed the sentence Michael L. Karrer, 40.

According to information presented to the court, 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 Karrer's sexual abuse of a toddler.  The sexually explicit images located on his computer depicted a 14‑year‑old female.  The toddler and teen were later identified by law enforcement.

First Assistant United States Attorney Soo C. Song prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police for conducting the investigation that led to the prosecution of Karrer.

This case was 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.

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