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Butler County Man Pleads Guilty To Violating Federal Child Sexual Exploitation Laws

May 21, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A Butler County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of violating federal child sexual exploitation laws, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Richard Snyder, 41, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Alan N. Bloch to receiving and possessing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Snyder received and possessed more than 20 video files and more than 40 image files of minors being sexually abused between June 2010 and May 11, 2011.

Judge Bloch scheduled sentencing for Sept. 13, 2012, at 11:30 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of at least five years and up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the conviction in this case.

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