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Lawrence County Man Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography

October 22, 2012

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Pulaski, Pa., was sentenced in federal court on Oct. 19, 2012 to one year and one day imprisonment and 10 years supervised release on his conviction of possessing child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on William McFall, 55.

According to information presented to the court, McFall subscribed to a child pornography web site in 2006 for $79.99. A federal search warrant was executed at his residence on May 7, 2007 and 32 compact discs and two computers containing child pornography were seized.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Hi-Tech Crimes Task Force and the New Castle Police, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of McFall.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."

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