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Former Pediatric Oncology Resident Sentenced For Child Pornography Distribution

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 today that David H. Scanlan III, formerly of Harrisburg and currently of Bentonville, Virginia, and a former pediatric oncology resident at Penn State Hershey Medical Center, was sentenced to five years in federal prison for distribution of child pornography.  The sentence was imposed by U.S. District Judge John E. Jones III in Harrisburg.  Following his prison term, Scanlan will be on supervised release, for 20 years.  He was also ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $20,000.

     According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, due to concern about Scanlan’s access to minor children through his job, the Government agreed that it would recommend the statutory mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence if Scanlan would submit to a polygraph examination on the issue of contact with minors, and was found by the examiner to be not deceptive.  Scanlan underwent that polygraph examination and was found to be not deceptive.  The Government emphasized that the recommendation was based on the facts and circumstances of this particular case.

     Based on the plea agreement and information submitted by Scanlan’s attorney at the sentencing hearing, Judge Jones found that the sentence called for under the advisory guideline range was not necessary in this case, adopted the recommendation of the Government and remanded Scanlan to the custody of the United States Marshals Service to begin serving his sentence immediately.  The investigation was conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney James Clancy.

Updated April 17, 2015