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New Castle Man Sentenced to 33 Months in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Lawrence County, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 33 months in prison, to be followed by six years of supervised release, on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry imposed the sentence on Carl George, 50, of New Castle, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, on Dec. 15, 2009, George possessed videos and still depictions, in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The videos and still images were obtained through a memberonly website known as “Dreamzone”, a now defunct website that offered access to child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of George.

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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