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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Vermont

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

          Tristram J. Coffin, United States Attorney for the District of Vermont, stated that Patrick Laquer, 23, of Jenkintown, PA, was sentenced on November 20, 2014 by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Christina Reiss, to 7 months in prison for possession of child pornography.  Additionally, Laquer was sentenced to five years of supervised release to be served after the completion of his prison term.

          According to Court records, an investigator with the Federal Bureau of Investigation detected a computer that was offering to share child pornography on the Internet.  The FBI investigator downloaded videos and image files from the computer that contained child pornography and determined that the computer was located in Burlington, Vermont.  After determining that Laquer was a college student at the University of Vermont, FBI Special Agents obtained a federal search warrant for Laquer’s apartment and laptop. An FBI forensic expert verified that Laquer’s laptop computer did, indeed, contain videos and images of child pornography.

            On December 5, 2013, a federal grand jury handed down a single count indictment against Laquer for possession of child pornography.  Laquer was arraigned on December 18, 2014 and was released on conditions.  Laquer plead guilty to the indictment on July 14, 2014.

            This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The United States Attorney, Tristram J. Coffin, commends that agency for its work.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney, Nancy J. Creswell.  Laquer was represented by Ernest M. Allen III.

Updated June 22, 2015