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

Friday, November 9, 2018

Spring Grove Man Sentenced To Over 16 Years’ Imprisonment On Child Pornography Charges

HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Patrick Bruce Reachard, age 53, a resident of Spring Grove, Pennsylvania was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane to 200 months’ imprisonment in a child pornography case.  On June 19, 2018, Reachard pleaded guilty to the sexual exploitation of children involving the production of child pornography, receipt and distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Reachard took sexually explicit photographs of at least one minor under five years of age and distributed those images online.  After completing a forensic examination of Reachard’s electronic devices, investigators discovered Reachard also received numerous images of child pornography from various users.  During the investigation, agents and troopers worked cooperatively to identify other individuals involved in this child pornography trading ring in other federal districts.  Law enforcement arrested one perpetrator in Kentucky; he pleaded guilty and has been sentenced in federal court on similar charges. 

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Meredith A. Taylor.

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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Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 9, 2018