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Hermitage Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. ‑ A resident of Hermitage, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

William S. Kennedy, 55, pleaded guilty to one count before Senior United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Kennedy illegally possessed child pornography videos and images on Dec. 22, 2009.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for Aug. 25, 2011. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered that Kennedy be detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Kennedy.

This case is being prosecuted 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 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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