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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Carbon County Man Sentenced To 16 ½ Years In Prison For Producing Child Pornography

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Grant Harris, age 38, formerly of Albrightsville, was sentenced on April 10, 2017, by Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley to 16 ½ years in prison for producing child pornography.

 

According to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Harris previously pleaded guilty to persuading and enticing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual image of that conduct. Harris committed the crime between 2008 and 2009, when the victim was eight-years-old. Harris was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2015, shortly after agents and police discovered the child pornography on a computer used by the defendant.

 

Judge Munley also ordered Harris to serve 15 years on supervised release following his prison sentence. Harris will also be subject to the restrictions and requirements of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.

 

In imposing a sentence above the 15-year mandatory minimum sentence required by law, Judge Munley characterized Harris’ conduct as “monstrous,” and noted the harm inflicted on the victim and the victim’s family.

 

The investigation was conducted by the Homeland Security Investigations, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office. Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.

 

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 11, 2017