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New York Man Sentenced To 72 Months’ Imprisonment For Child Exploitation Offenses

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Middle District of Pennsylvania

WILLIAMSPORT - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that United States District Court Judge Matthew W. Brann sentenced Leonard Lewis, age 58, of New York City, New York, to 72 months’ imprisonment and three years of supervised release on December 5, 2019, for the production and distribution of obscene visual representations of the sexual abuse of children.

According to United States David J. Freed, Lewis created images depicting sexual acts by placing the image of a minor on photographed bodies of adult men engaged in sexual activity.  He then sent these images to the minor along with marijuana, solicited the minor to take photographs of himself to send to Lewis, and attempted to entice the minor to travel to New York to have sex with Lewis.

The matter was investigated by the United States Postal Service.  Assistant United States Attorneys Chelsea Schinnour and Geoffrey MacArthur 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 December 9, 2019

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