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Carnegie Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography Images And Videos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County, Pa., has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Paul V. Acierno, 59, of Carnegie, Pa., pleaded guilty on Sept. 27, 2011, to one count before Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about July 27, 2010, Acierno possessed computer graphics files containing still images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Cohill scheduled sentencing for Jan. 26, 2012, at 11:00 a.m.  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.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Acierno.

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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