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Annapolis Resident Indicted on Sexual Exploitation of a Minor Charges

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Annapolis, Maryland, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges related to the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

The nine-count Indictment named George Luton, 49, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on multiple occasions in March 2024, Luton attempted to and did use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and also attempted to do the same on another occasion. The Indictment further charges that, on April 6, 2024, Luton traveled in interstate commerce with a motivating purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with another person.

The law provides for a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. Under the federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Luton is detained pending trial.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Kiskiminetas Township Police Department, and Southern Armstrong Regional Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment.

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

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated May 1, 2024

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