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Erie Man Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2012

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 30 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin imposed the sentence on Russell Collin Gardner, 55.

According to information presented to the court, Gardner possessed computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys' 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf ofthe government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Federal Bureau ofInvestigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gardner.

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