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Beaver Falls Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison for Possessing, Distributing Child Pornography

April 9, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A Beaver Falls resident has been sentenced in federal court to 124 months imprisonment, to be followed by a lifetime of supervised release on his conviction of possession and distribution of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Darren Johnson, 44.

According to information presented to the court, on or about March 22, 2013, and March 28, 2013, Darren Johnson, knowingly distributed visual depictions of a minor, using any means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, including by computer, and the production of such visual depictions involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct, and the visual depictions depicts such conduct; and on April 26, 2013, Johnson knowingly possessed visual depictions, namely, visual images in individuals computer files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Johnson possessed approximately 300,000 images of child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Johnson.

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