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Jeannette Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For Child Exploitation Offenses

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Jeannette, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court for violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

William Blumentritt, age 52, was sentenced by United States District Judge Gustave Diamond to serve 96 months in prison followed by 10 years of supervised release for transporting visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possessing such visual depictions.

Blumentritt transported the visual depictions on March 26, 2009, and June 25, 2009, in the process of chatting online with someone he believed was the mother of a nine-year-old female child. Blumentritt expressed an interest in the sexual development of the child while chatting online. Blumentritt possessed the visual depictions on Feb. 26, 2010, when a federal search warrant was served at his residence.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jeannette Police Department for the successful investigation leading to the convictions 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 www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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