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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Orangeville, Pennsylvania Man Charged With Distribution Of Child Pornography

SCRANTON - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced today that child pornography distribution charges were filed in U.S. District Court in Scranton against Cedrick Vaughn Perkins, age 20, of Orangeville, Pennsylvania.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter Smith, Perkins is charged in a Criminal Information with distributing child pornography over the internet between January and June 2015. 

Along with the Information, a plea agreement was filed in which Perkins agrees to plead guilty to the child pornography distribution charge.  The plea agreement is subject to the approval of the court. 

The case was investigation by Homeland Security Investigations.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Todd K. Hinkley.

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 is 20 years of imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 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 July 7, 2016