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Former Mcconnellsburg High School Basketball Coach Sentenced To Over Seven Years’ Imprisonment For Child Exploitation

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 that the Former McConnellsburg High School Basketball Coach, Dane Robert Pollock, age 35, of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on December 18, 2018, to 86 months’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Sylvia H. Rambo for receipt and distribution of child pornography.  Following Pollock’s seven-year sentence, Judge Rambo imposed a 10-year period of supervised release and a host of strict conditions Pollock must comply with, including having no unsupervised contact with minors under age 18, engaging in no contact with the victims and registering as a sex offender.   

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, 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.  During the investigation, agents identified other minor victims Pollock had exploited between 2011 and 2016, while Pollock was the basketball coach and athletic director.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police. Assistant U.S. Attorney Meredith A. Taylor 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 December 19, 2018

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