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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 14, 2022

Pike County Man Sentenced To Twenty Years’ Imprisonment For Production Of Child Pornography

SCRANTON – The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Jerald Ungerer, age 34, formerly of Milford, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on March 11, 2022, to twenty years’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for the charge of production of child pornography.  Upon release from prison, Ungerer will be supervised by a probation officer for a period of ten years.

According to United States Attorney John C. Gurganus, Ungerer previously pleaded guilty in October 2021, and admitted to producing multiple videos and images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  In March 2020, investigators served a search warrant at Ungerer’s residence in Pike County and seized multiple computer hard drives and other electronic devices containing child pornography, much of which was produced by Ungerer.

The charges stem from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Northeast Computer Crimes Task Force. Assistant United States Attorney Robert J. O’Hara 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 www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, please visit  www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab "resources."

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 14, 2022