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Pittsburgh Man Charged With Possession Of Child Porn Images And Videos

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on child pornography charges, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on March 13, named Zachary Roth, 33, of Pittsburgh, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about March 21, 2007, Roth knowingly possessed visual depictions, namely, images and videos contained in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.  Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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.

An indictment is an accusation.  A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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