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Former Carbon County Man Sentenced To 188 Months In Prision For Receiving And Distributing Child Pornography

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

     The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 32-year-old former Lehighton resident was sentenced today to serve 188 months in prison for receiving and distributing child pornography by Senior U.S. District Court Judge Edwin M. Kosik.

     According to United States Attorney Peter Smith, the defendant, Stephen Puza III, previously pleaded guilty to using a computer to download and share numerous images of child pornography during July 2011 through September 2011.  Puza was living in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, at the time of his arrest.

     Puza was indicted by a federal grand jury on September 10, 2013, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, and Lehighton Borough Police.

     Judge Kosik also ordered Puza to be placed on supervised release for 10 years after serving his prison sentence. Puza was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment and will be subject to sex offender registration requirements and restrictions upon his release from prison.

     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."

     The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.

Updated April 9, 2015