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Beaver County Man Sentenced to 4 Years for Possessing Illegal Firearms and Images of Child Sexual Abuse

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

PITTSBURGH - A Beaver County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 50 months’ imprisonment and seven years’ supervised release on his conviction of violating federal child exploitation and firearm laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
United States District Judge W. Scott Hardy imposed the sentence on William Johnson, age 34, of Monaca, PA 15061.

According to information presented to the court, Johnson, on April 3, 2019, possessed more than 100 digital photographs and videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children, some of whom were under the age of 12 years and depicted in sadistic and violent imagery, as well as possessed 12 unregistered firearms, including a Glock pistol with an installed auto switch, a Smith and Wesson rifle with a bump stock, and eight silencers. Each of the 12 firearms required registration under the National Firearms Act.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Hardy acknowledged the serious and violent nature of Johnson’s crimes and the damage and long-term effect on child victims who are subjected to sexual exploitation.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Johnson.

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

Updated February 25, 2022

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