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York County Man Charged With Child Pornography Offenses

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

HARRISBURG - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Michael Carbaugh, age 37, of York County, Pennsylvania, was indicted on November 29, 2023, by a federal grand jury with child pornography offenses.

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment alleges that Carbaugh distributed child pornography from November 3-7, 2023, in York County. The indictment further alleges that Carbaugh was in possession of child pornography on November 15, 2023.  

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

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Erin Varley is prosecuting the case.

The total maximum penalty under federal law for these offenses is up to 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of up to lifetime supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. 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.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.


Updated December 1, 2023

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