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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 31, 2017

Philadelphia Man Charged With Child Pornography

Adrian Abonce, 46, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was charged today by Indictment with production, distribution, and possession of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen.

The Indictment alleges that on or about each of four separate dates (October 30, 2012, April 2, 2013, April 10, 2013 and December 6, 2014), Abonce produced child pornography. The Indictment further alleges that Abonce distributed child pornography on October 15, 2015 and November 3, 2015, and possessed child pornography on June 2, 2016.

If convicted as charged, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 180 years’ imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 15 years’ imprisonment, supervised release for a minimum term of five years and a lifetime maximum term, a $1,750,000 dollar fine, mandatory restitution, and a $700 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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police Department’s Special Victims Unit. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Seth Schlessinger.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 31, 2017