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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 8, 2018

New Jersey Man Indicted For Transporting A Minor For Sex And Production Of Child Pornography

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that David Taylor, age 29, of Blackwood, New Jersey, was indicted for production of child pornography, transporting a minor to engage in sexual activity, and committing a felony while required to register as a sex offender.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that between July 15, 2017, and July 18, 2017, Taylor produced child pornography and transported a minor from Pennsylvania to New Jersey with the intent to engage in criminal sexual activity.  The indictment also alleges that Taylor committed both felony offenses while required by law to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office, the Gloucester Township Police Department, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney Alisan VanFleet 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  www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit  www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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

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.

Taylor faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a potential 30-year maximum sentence for the production of child pornography charge and a mandatory 10 years in prison with a maximum penalty of life imprisonment for the transportation charge.  Taylor faces a mandatory minimum sentence of ten years for committing a felony offense while required to register as a sex offender. The maximum possible fine for the offenses is $750,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the Judge is also required to consider and weigh a number of factors, including the nature, circumstances and seriousness of the offense; the history and characteristics of the defendant; and the need to punish the defendant, protect the public and provide for the defendant's educational, vocational and medical needs. For these reasons, the statutory maximum penalty for the offense is not an accurate indicator of the potential sentence for a specific defendant.

 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 8, 2018