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Middle District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Columbia County Man Sentenced To 200 Months In Federal Prison For Producing Child Pornography

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 58-year-old Berwick man was sentenced today to 200 months in prison by Senior U.S. District Court Judge A. Richard Caputo in Wilkes-Barre, for producing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Rickie Sitler, previously pleaded guilty to using a four-year-old child to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of such conduct. Sitler committed the crime between late November to early December 2014.

Sitler was indicted by a federal grand jury in March 2015, as a result of an investigation by agents of Homeland Security Investigations, the Berwick Police Department, and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

Judge Caputo also ordered Sitler to serve 10 years on supervised release following his prison sentence and to pay a special assessment of $100.

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."

Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa prosecuted the case.


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Updated July 30, 2015