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North Versailles Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 1 , 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Jeremy E. Chavers, 35, of North Versailles, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea,  the court was advised that on or about Nov. 18, 2010, Chavers was found to be in possession of computer graphics files containing hundreds of videos and still images of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.  The images he possessed included those of prepubescent minors engaged in sexual intercourse, as well as those which depicted bondage and other sexual violence.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for June 8, 2012, at 9:00 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Chavers.

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.

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