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Local Man Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 3, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A former resident of southwestern Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to 37 months in prison followed by 15 years supervised release, as well as ordered to pay a $7,500 fine, 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 Thomas Stetz, 55.

According to information presented to the court, on April 9, 2011, Stetz possessed visual depictions, namely, images 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 Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Stetz.

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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