OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
NORTHERN DISTRICT OF WEST VIRGINIA
William J. Ihlenfeld, II
UNITED STATES ATTORNEY
1125 Chapline Street, Federal Building, Suite 3000 ● Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 234-0100 ● Contact: Fawn E. Thomas, Public Affairs Specialist
July 11, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Yoder, Pennsylvania, Resident Sentenced to
19+ Years on Child Exploitation Charge
CLARKSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA — A 40 year old Yoder, Pennsylvania, resident was sentenced on July 6, 2011, in United States District Court in Clarksburg by Judge Irene M. Keeley.
United States Attorney William J. Ihlenfeld, II, announced that MATTHEW M. P. MABEE was sentenced to 235 months imprisonment to be followed by lifetime supervision and restitution in the amount of $1,012.80. MABEE entered a plea of guilty on November 18, 2010, to traveling in interstate commerce on February 26, 2010, from the State of Indiana to the State of West Virginia for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a 14 year-old boy.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney David J. Perri and was investigated by the West Virginia State Police.
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