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Philadelphia Man Charged with Receipt, Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Grant Shea, 30, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania was charged today by Indictment with receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography announced Acting United States Attorney Louis D. Lappen. Shea is currently pending trial for the same exact charges which were the result of an earlier Indictment filed on July 14, 2016.

The May 18, 2017 Indictment alleges that on certain dates in the month of January 2017, Shea received and distributed child pornography over the Internet. The Indictment further alleges that on January 30, 2017, Shea possessed child pornography. The alleged criminal activity took place while Shea was on pretrial release.

If convicted the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence 60 years imprisonment, a mandatory minimum term of 5 years, a minimum 5 year term up to lifetime of supervised release, a $750,000 dollar fine, mandatory restitution, and a $300 special assessment, and a Justice for Trafficking Victims additional assessment of $15,000.

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

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigations. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Priya T. De Souza.

Updated May 18, 2017

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