News and Press Releases

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Child Porn, Sentenced To 2 Years in Prison

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 29 , 2011

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County, Pa., pleaded guilty and has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill imposed the sentence on Tuesday on Michael Applegarth, 50, of Pittsburgh, Pa.

According to information presented to the court during the guilty plea proceeding held Sept. 27, 2011, Applegarth unlawfully possessed, on July17, 2009, in computer graphics files, thousands of videos and still photographs depicting the sexual exploitation of female minors, some of whom had not attained the age of 12 years.  United States Postal Inspectors approached Applegarth after receiving information that Applegarth had been obtaining sexual images of children from a website that offered child pornography. Applegarth consented to the inspectors' search of his computers and related equipment.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Applegarth.

This case is being 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Return to Top

 

 

USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Justice 101
Opioid Overdose Reduction Action Plan
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Western District of Pennsylvania

honors October 2014 as

National Domestic Violence
Awareness Month

If you or someone you know
has been a victim of domestic violence please contact the
National Domestic Violence
Hotline at:

1.800.799.SAFE(7233)
1.800.787.3224(TTY)

LEARN MORE

Text PGHOD to Tip411 (847411)
Victim Witness Assistance

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Stop Fraud

Protect yourself from fraud, and report suspected cases of financial fraud to local law enforcement.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.