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McKeesport Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 2, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of McKeesport, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 97 months in prison followed by 30 years of supervised release on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Jason Thomas Carek, 24.

According to information presented to the court, on May 24, 2011, Carek possessed visual depictions, namely, videos in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the McKeesport Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Carek.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc. For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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