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McKeesport Man Pleads Guilty To Illegally Possessing Child Pornography Videos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County, Pa., 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.

Jason Thomas Carek, 23, currently living in McKeesport, Pa., pleaded guilty yesterday to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on May 24, 2011, Carek possessed visual depictions, namely, videos in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for June 21, 2012, at 8:30 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 Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The McKeesport Police Department and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Carek.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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