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Harrisburg Man Sentenced To 15 Years’ Imprisonment For Soliciting Child Pornography

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 Justin Wagner, age 40, of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced to 15 years’ imprisonment to be followed by 15 years on supervised release on May 24, 2021, by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson, for soliciting child pornography.

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, Wagner previously pleaded guilty to soliciting child pornography.  Wagner committed the offense on October 22, 2016.  Wagner also used his laptop computer to access hundreds of images and videos of child pornography and traded them with others on the internet.

Judge Wilson also ordered Wagner to pay a total of $30,000 restitution to six minor victims depicted in the images and videos of child pornography that he received and distributed.

The matter was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Christian Haugsby 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 26, 2021

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