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Philadelphia Man Sentenced 17+ Years for Manufacturing Child Pornography

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

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced that Michael Walpole, 31, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 210 months’ imprisonment (17 ½ years) and 15 years’ supervised release by United States District Judge Paul S. Diamond on child exploitation charges.

In May 2018, the defendant forced the five-year old victim to take off her pants and underwear. The defendant took off his own pants, placed his penis on the victim’s naked buttocks, and photographed this abuse. On April 2, 2019, the defendant pleaded guilty to manufacture and attempted manufacture of child pornography.

“The nature of this defendant’s crime is horrifying and the negative impact on the victim and her family can never be fully understood or appreciated, which is why my Office is committed to working with our law enforcement partners to identify, investigate, and prosecute these dangerous predators,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain.

“Those who sexually exploit children do serious lasting harm,” said Michael T. Harpster, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “Walpole involved a child victim in his own depraved fantasy and documented it. He’ll now be held accountable for his actions, locked away where he can’t victimize any more kids.”

This case were 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 Investigation (FBI) and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meaghan A. Flannery.


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Updated August 20, 2019

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