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Cumberland County Man Charged With Producing And Distributing Child Pornography

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

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that James Sollenberger, age 54, of Cumberland County, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury with producing and distributing child pornography.

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that between March 5-17, 2017, in Cumberland County, Sollenberger enticed a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing child pornography.  It is further alleged that Sollenberger distributed child pornography on March 21, 2017.

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

The investigation was conducted by the Department of Homeland Security.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Christian Haugsby is prosecuting the case.       

The maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is up to 50 years’ imprisonment, a term of up to lifetime supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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Updated September 28, 2023

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