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Erie County Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

December 20, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Northeast, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 37 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin imposed the sentence on James Allan Weigle, 27.

According to information presented to the court, Weigle possessed computer movies and images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge McLaughlin noted the serious nature of the offense and the impact upon the child victims depicted in the material possessed by the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau oflnvestigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Weigle.

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