Grand Jury Indicts Johnstown Resident On Child Porn Charge
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
The one-count indictment named James Robert Reynolds, 53.
According to the indictment presented to the court, on March 30, 2011, Reynolds knowingly possessed videos and images as computer graphic files containing images of child pornography, which had been shipped and transported in interstate or foreign commerce by means of a computer.
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 U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Conemaugh Township Police Department 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 or information is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.