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Blairsville Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Producing Sexually Explicit Images of Children

March 26, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Blairsville, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to 240 months in prison, followed by lifetime supervised release, on his conviction of sexually exploiting children by producing sexually explicit images, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Charles Joseph Payson, 46.

According to information presented to the court, an online undercover investigation detected Payson using a neighbor’s wireless internet connection to distribute sexually explicit images of children online. Following the seizure of computers and cameras from Payson’s home, investigators recovered sexually explicit images of prepubescent children, some of which had been produced by Payson.

Assistant United States Attorney Soo C. Song prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Indiana County District Attorney’s Office, together with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Payson.

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