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Former Employee Of Scranton Counseling Center Sentenced To 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Producing Child Pornography

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

SCRANTON—The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Lawrence Stone, age 64, formerly of East Stroudsburg, Nanticoke, and Scranton, Pennsylvania, a former Master Clinician and Case Manager at Scranton Counseling Center, was sentenced on May 23, 2019, to 15 years’ imprisonment to be followed by five years on supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for producing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Stone previously admitted to persuading two minor victims (ages 13 and 14) to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of the conduct. Stone committed the offense between 2010 and 2014, when he was employed at the Scranton Counseling Center.

Judge Mannion also ordered Stone to receive sex offender treatment and to comply with all provisions of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.        

Stone was indicted by a federal grand jury in November 2018, as a result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Scranton Police. Assistant United States Attorney Francis P. Sempa 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 28, 2019

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