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Lackawanna County Man Sentenced To 30 Years’ Imprisonment For Production Of Child Pornography And Attempted Witness Tampering

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 John Lewis Kramer, age 37, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on February 23, 2022, to 360 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for production of child pornography and attempted witness tampering.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, on July 7, 2021, following a two-day bench trial, Judge Mannion found Kramer guilty of producing pornographic images of a child between March 1, 2019, and March 27, 2020, in Lackawanna County.  The 14-year-old victim’s mother called the police to report that she found videos and pictures on Kramer’s phone having sex with the minor victim.  On January 22, 2021, Kramer sent a letter to the victim’s mother threatening to have her arrested—conduct that resulted in the guilty verdict for attempted witness tampering.

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

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Scranton Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts prosecuted the case.

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Updated April 6, 2022

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