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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Former McConnellsburg High School Basketball Coach Indicted For Creating And Receiving Child Pornography

HARRISBURG – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that Dane Robert Pollock, age 33, a resident of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, for sexual exploitation of children involving the production of child pornography, receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

 

According to U.S. Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, the indictment alleges that Pollock took sexually explicit, nude photographs and videos of at least one female student who was under the age of 18 years of age in 2016.

 

United States Magistrate Judge Martin C. Carlson arraigned Pollock on these charges on June 1, 2017, and ordered Pollock detained until his trial date, August 7, 2017. This case is assigned to United States District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo.

 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor is prosecuting the case.

 

If you have additional information about this case, please contact the FBI office in State College, Pennsylvania at (814) 234-0341.

 

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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

 

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

 

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.

 

Receiving child pornography carries a five year mandatory minimum prison sentence. Exploiting a child in order to create child pornography carries a penalty requiring a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment. The maximum penalty under federal law is 60 years of imprisonment, a lifetime term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 6, 2017