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Claysville Man Sentenced To 70 Months In Prison For Attempting To Receive Child Pornography

August 7, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Claysville, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 70 months in prison and 10 years supervised release on his conviction of attempted receipt of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Michael McDonough, 47.

According to information presented to the court, McDonough attempted to receive child pornography while engaging in a series of online chats with a female whom McDonough believed to be a 15-year-old girl. In fact, McDonough was chatting with a detective from the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office. Among other aspects of the illegal chats, McDonough requested that the underage girl send him nude photographs of herself.

Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Comber prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and detectives from the Allegheny County District Attorneys' Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Michael McDonough.

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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

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