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

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Bridgeville Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography Videos

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

John Edward Desalome, age 30, of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the Court was advised that on November 23, 2016, Desalome possessed videos in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer scheduled sentencing for October 23, 2018 at 11 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 10 years imprisonment, a maximum term of supervised release of life, and a fine of $250,000.00. 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.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) conducted the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Desalome.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 13, 2018