Former Roman Catholic High School Intern Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Transporting Child Pornography
PHILADELPHIA - Kevin Budianto, 24, of Philadelphia, PA, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Gerald A. McHugh to five years imprisonment, following his guilty plea to one count of transportation and one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney William M. McSwain. In addition, the defendant was sentenced to 10 years’ supervised release and fined $25,000.
According to court papers, Budianto, who worked at a Roman Catholic High School as an intern in 2013 after having graduated from the school in 2012, was apprehended based on two tips from Instagram, a social media platform on which Budianto posted child pornography images. Investigators thereafter determined that Budianto’s computer contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography depicting prepubescent children, including images of sadistic and masochistic abuse.
“The images in the defendant’s possession were horrific,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “There simply can be no tolerance or leniency for those who exploit children. In this case, and in others like it, a significant term of incarceration is appropriate and necessary.”
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 (CEOS), 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 investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General, and the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle L. Morgan.