News and Press Releases

Export Man Sentenced to Prison for Threatening Federal Agent, Possessing Child Pornography

June 18, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Westmoreland County, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 38 months imprisonment to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, as well as ordered to pay a $5,000 fine, on his conviction of threatening to murder, intimidate, interfere or retaliate against a Federal Official and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Todd Markley, 49.

According to information presented to the court, on or about May 31, 2012, Markley sent an email threatening to assault and murder a United States Postal Inspector of the United States Postal Inspection Service (USPIS), with intent to impede, intimidate, interfere with and retaliate against the Postal Inspector while she was engaged in her official duties. In addition, on or about April 12, 2012, Markley possessed visual depictions, namely, images in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Cercone stated that "everyday of [the imposed sentence] is warranted because of the heinous language used in that threatening communication".

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the United States Postal Inspection Service for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Markley.

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

Return to Top

USAO Homepage
USAO Briefing Room
Justice 101
Opioid Overdose Reduction Action Plan
National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Western District of Pennsylvania

honors October 2014 as

National Domestic Violence
Awareness Month

If you or someone you know
has been a victim of domestic violence please contact the
National Domestic Violence
Hotline at:



Text PGHOD to Tip411 (847411)
Victim Witness Assistance

Making sure that victims of federal crimes are treated with compassion, fairness and respect.

Stop Fraud

Protect yourself from fraud, and report suspected cases of financial fraud to local law enforcement.

Project Safe Childhood

Help us combat the proliferation of sexual exploitation crimes against children.