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Lawrence County Man Pleads Guilty to Possession Child Pornography

June 25, 2012

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

William McFall, 55, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that McFall subscribed to a child pornography web site in 2006 for $79.99. A federal search warrant was executed at his residence on May 7, 2007, and 32 compact discs and two computers containing child pornography were seized.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Oct. 19, 2012, at 2:00 p.m. The law provides for a maximum 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.

Pending sentencing, the court continued defendant's bond.

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.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R Kaufman is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, with assistance from the Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force and the New Castle Police, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of McFall.

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