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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 4, 2019

Bellevue Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH, PA - An Allegheny County resident pleaded guilty in federal court to possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Christopher Morrison, 26, of Bellevue, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on June 20, 2018, Morrison possessed images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, some of whom were under the age of 12 years.

Judge Schwab scheduled sentencing for July 1, 2019, at 9 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Morrison remains on bond pending sentencing.

Assistant United States Attorney Christy C. Wiegand is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Adams Township Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Morrison.

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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 5, 2019