Altoona Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Blair County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of child pornography, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.
Timothy Hufford, 56, of Altoona, Pa., pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
In connection with the guilty plea, on August 18, 2015, Hufford knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files which were produced using prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for July 6, 2017, at 10 a.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
“HSI special agents will relentlessly pursue predators who deal in the exploitation of images our children,” said Marlon V. Miller, special agent in charge of HSI Philadelphia. “Thanks to the ceaseless efforts of our highly skilled HSI special agents another sexual predator will face justice.”
Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police and Altoona Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Hufford.
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 better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.