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Clearfield County Man Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of West Decatur, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 36 months in prison with 10 years supervised release, required to register as a sex offender, and ordered to pay restitution of $1,000 on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on James L. Scott, 48.

According to information presented to the court, on April 10, 2009, Scott knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files which were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended Homeland Security Investigations for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Scott.

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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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