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Cheswick Man Sentenced to 12+ Years in Prison for Receiving, Possessing Child Pornography

May 30, 2014

PITTSBURGH - A Cheswick resident has been sentenced in federal court to 151 months imprisonment to be followed by lifetime supervised release on his conviction of receipt and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States Chief District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on Mark Philip Campbell, 49.

According to information presented to the Court, from on or about Feb. 27, 2013, to on or about Sept. 15, 2013, Campbell received images and a video containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. In addition, from on or about Feb. 27, 2013, to on or about Oct. 24, 2013, Campbell knowingly possessed images in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age. Campbell also admitted to sexual contact with a female minor over a five-year period.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Campbell.

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

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