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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 29, 2020

North Carolina Man Charged With Child Exploitation Crimes

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Brendon Rothrock, age 21, of Kannapolis, North Carolina, formerly of Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, was indicted on January 28, 2020, by a federal grand jury on child exploitation charges.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, the indictment alleges that Rothrock aided and abetted the use of a minor to produce child pornography between January and February 2018, and received images of child pornography in February 2018.  The indictment also seeks forfeiture of all electronic equipment used to take and transmit those images.  

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant U.S. Attorney James T. Clancy 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.

The maximum penalty under federal law for production of child pornography is 30 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  The maximum penalty under federal law for receipt of child pornography is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine.  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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 29, 2020