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Carbon County Man Sentenced To Over Seven Years In Prison For Sexual Exploitation Of Children

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

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Michael Baldwin, age 21, of Nequehoning, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on July 2, 2018, to 95 months’ imprisonment by Senior United States District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo for sexual exploitation of children.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, from February 2017 through July 2017, Baldwin received, distributed, and possessed videos and visual depictions of minors, some under the age of 12, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

Senior Judge Caputo also ordered Baldwin to be placed under supervision by a probation officer for the rest of his life. 

Baldwin was indicted by a federal grand jury on November 7, 2017, after an investigation conducted by United States Homeland Security Investigations – Philadelphia Division.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michelle Olshefski.

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 for more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."


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Updated July 5, 2018

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