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Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2013

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

James Robert Reynolds, 54, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.

In connection with the guilty plea, 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.

Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for June 4, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. 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 that led to the prosecution of Reynolds.

According to Mr. Hickton, James Robert Reynolds is being prosecuted 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.

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