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York County Man Sentenced To 96 Months’ In Prison For Child Exploitation 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 Robert T. Donelon, age 56, of York County, was sentenced on May 3, 2019, by Chief United States District Court Judge Christopher C. Conner to 96 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release for child exploitation offenses. Chief Judge Conner also ordered Donelon to pay $1,000 to each of the seven identifiable victims.

According to United States Attorney David J. Freed, Donelon pled guilty to the receipt and distribution of images of child pornography between December 2016 and January 2018, in York County. 

The case was investigated by the West York Borough Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Assistant United States Attorney James T. Clancy 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 May 6, 2019

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