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Greensburg Man Facing Additional Child Porn Charges

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 10, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Greensburg, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of receipt, possession, and production of material involving the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The seven-count superseding indictment named Balazs Tarnai, 36, as the sole defendant.

According to the seven-count superseding indictment, on March 30, 2011, Tarnai knowingly received visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct by computer and the United States Mail. The superseding indictment also charges that from Feb. 9, 2006, to Oct. 5, 2008, and from Oct. 25, 2008, to March 30, 2011, Tarnai knowingly possessed and accessed with intent to view videos and images in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. In addition, the superseding indictment charges that on or about Sept. 27, 2008, Oct. 5, 2008, Nov. 15, 2008, Dec. 22, 2008, and Jan. 11, 2009, Tarnai employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of the sexual exploitation of the minors.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison on the receipt charge, 10 years in prison on each of the possession charges, and 30 years in prison on each of the production charges, a fine of $1,750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Postal Inspection Service and the Greensburg Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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