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Missouri Man Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

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 Brian Wilder, age 53, of Jefferson City, Missouri, was indicted on May 16, 2023, by a federal grand jury on child enticement and child pornography charges. 

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that between November 2022 and December 2022, Wilder used the internet to entice a minor child to engage in sexual acts for which any person could be charged with a crime.  The indictment also alleges that Wilder conspired with an individual to produce child pornography.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting 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

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is lifetime imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.

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

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Updated May 23, 2023

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