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Bethel Park Man Indicted in Project Safe Childhood Case

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

PITTSBURGH, PA. - A resident of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of violating various federal child exploitation laws, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The three-count Indictment named Seth Hollerich, 28, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Hollerich is alleged to have distributed material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor on or about March 18, 2021, and on or about Sept. 30, 2021. On or about Nov. 10, 2021, Hollerich is alleged to have possessed material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

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(s) and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Karen Gal-Or is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.  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 (CEOS), 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 indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated September 13, 2022

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Project Safe Childhood