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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced To 3 Years In Prison For Possessing Child Pornography

June 4, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court on Friday, June 1, 2012, to serve 36 months in prison followed by five years supervised release for violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Antonio Pampena, 29, pleaded guilty to one count and was sentenced by United States District Judge Gary L. Lancaster for possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In connection with the guilty plea and sentence, the court was advised that Pampena possessed and accessed with intent to view over 1,000 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct from December 2009 to April 29, 2010.

Assistant United States Attorney Craig W. Haller prosecuted this case on behalf of the United States.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the successful investigation leading to the conviction and sentence in this case.

This case is a product of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' Offices and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

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