Federal Jury Convicts York County Man For Receipt Of Child Pornography
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a jury in Harrisburg has found a York County man guilty of two counts of receipt of child pornography.
Following a three-day trial, early Wednesday evening, the jury convicted Lawrence B. Blevins, Jr., age 44, of West Manchester, Pennsylvania, of downloading child pornography from the internet. The trial was held before Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner. A sentencing date has not been set. Blevins faces a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence.
The case arose from an investigation by West Manchester Township Police into a network of individuals who shared child pornography over the internet. On December 29, 2011, West Manchester Township Police executed a search warrant at Blevins’s residence and recovered multiple computers and external storage devices from his room. Police found over a half million images of child pornography and hundreds of videos. He was arrested and charged by local officials. On September 26, 2012, a federal grand jury returned a two-count indictment charging Blevins with possession of child pornography.
United States Attorney Peter J. Smith stated that the prosecution is part of the continuing cooperation between state and federal authorities in the Project Safe Childhood program. The investigation was conducted by West Manchester Township Police Department, the Northern York Regional Police Department, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). The prosecutor assigned to the case is Assistant United States Attorney Michael A. Consiglio.