Oakland Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing Child Pornography
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Allegheny County, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Charles W. Treloar, 24, of Pittsburgh, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about Dec. 9, 2011, Treloar distributed images and videos in computer graphics files containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.
Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Aug. 14, 2012, at 2:30 p.m. The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 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.
Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Treloar.
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.