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Johnstown Man Charged With Production, Distribution And Possession Of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 15, 2012

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on charges of production, distribution and possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The three-count indictment named Stephen J. Goniea, 46.

According to the indictment, from 2008 to August 2011, Goniea produced visual depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct using materials that had been mailed, shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce. On Nov. 8, 2011, he distributed a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct by means of interstate or foreign commerce. And on Jan. 26, 2012, he knowingly possessed videos and pictures in individual computer graphic files, which were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct and which were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 60 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Southwest Computer Crime Task Force of the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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

This case is being brought as part of Project Safe Childhood. Launched in Feb. 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States 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.

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