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Greensburg Man Charged With Receipt, Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 4 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Westmoreland County, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of receipt and possession of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment, returned on Nov. 3 and unsealed today, named Balazs Tarnai, 35, of Greensburg, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the three-count indictment, on March 30, 2011, Tarnai knowingly received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct by computer and the United States Mail. In addition, the indictment charges that from Feb. 9, 2006, to Oct. 5, 2008, and from Oct. 25, 2008, to March 30, 2011, Tarnai knowingly possessed and accessed with intent to view videos and images in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of a mandatory minimum of five years and a maximum of 20 years in prison on the receipt charge, and 10 years in prison on the possession charges, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service 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.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the  growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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