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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Judge Sends 68-Year Old Child Predator To Prison For 15 Years

PHILADELPHIA - Thomas Rafferty, 68, of Levittown, PA, was sentenced today to 15 years in prison for taking sexually explicit pictures of young girls. The investigation began when one of the victims reported the abuse nine years after the events. Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations were able to resurrect the “cold case” and obtain a search warrant for the defendant’s residence. In a computer, the agents found the images that the victim had described. Three victims testified at today’s sentencing about the impact of Rafferty’s action on their lives.  Rafferty pleaded guilty July 15, 2014.

In addition to the prison term, U.S. District Court Judge Paul S. Diamond ordered three years of supervised release and a $100 special assessment.

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 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the Naval Criminal Investigative Service and was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael L. Levy.

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Updated December 17, 2014