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Clearfield County Man Admits Possessing Child Porn Videos And Images

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 8 , 2012

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Houtzdale, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Brandon J. Brothers, 30, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on Oct. 6, 2010, Brothers knowingly possessed videos and images as computer graphic files containing images of child pornography, which had been shipped and transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for June 7, 2012, at 9:30 a.m.  The law provides for a total sentence of ten 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 John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Pittsburgh, Pa., conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brothers.

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood.  Launched in Feb. 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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