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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 3, 2019

Bridgeville Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography Possession

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to two years’ (24 months’) imprisonment, followed by 10 years’ supervised release, on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on John Edward Desalome, age 31, of Bridgeville, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Desalome possessed on November 23, 2016, approximately 143 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. Desalome had been identified as a user of Bit Torrent, a peer-to-peer filing sharing network through which he was receiving, distributing, and possessing child pornography videos.

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for 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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 3, 2019