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Stroudsburg Man Sentenced To 240 Months’ Imprisonment For Child Pornography Charges

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

SCRANTON- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Daniel Palmitessa, age 35, of Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on March 25, 2021 to 240 months’ imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion, for production of child pornography and enticement of minors to engage in sexual activity.   

According to Acting United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler, between January 13, 2013 through January 2016, Palmitessa produced images of child pornography.  Also, between February 2018 through April 2018, Palmitessa used the internet and a cellular phone to attempt to persuade a minor to engage in sexual activity.  In addition to the term of imprisonment, Judge Mannion ordered that Palmitessa be placed under supervision by a probation officer for a period of 10 years following release from prison. 

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police.  Assistant United States Attorney Jenny P. Roberts 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 March 26, 2021

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