Johnstown Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Johnstown, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court on a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.
Douglas Teeter, 37, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
In connection with the guilty plea, on March 13, 2009, Teeter 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 6, 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 Homeland Security Investigations, with the assistance of the Johnstown Police Department, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Teeter.
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.