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Cumberland County Man Sentenced To Five Years’ Imprisonment For Possession Of 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 today that Gary Stinson Smith, age 61, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on May 14, 2018, to 60 months’ imprisonment, a $50,000 fine and 10 years supervised release by United States District Court Judge John E. Jones, III, for possession of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Smith pled guilty in November 2016, and admitted to possessing images depicting child pornography.  After obtaining a search warrant, law enforcement officers searched the defendant’s computer in November 2015 and located over 1,000 images and 16 videos containing both child pornography and erotica. 

Judge Jones noted that this is not a victimless crime and ordered Smith to report to the Bureau of Prisons on May 18, 2018.

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General.  Assistant United States Attorney Daryl Bloom 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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab "resources."   


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Updated May 15, 2018

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