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Butler County Man Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

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

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Butler County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 84 months imprisonment, to be followed by ten years of supervised release, on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill imposed the sentence yesterday on Edward Wesley Bayne, III, 47, formerly of Seven Fields, Pa.

According to information presented to the court Bayne, III, the former Mayor of Seven Fields, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 17, 2013, unlawfully possessed in computer graphics files thousands of photographs and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct that he had obtained via Internet file-sharing networks.

Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Cohill stated that he factored in the serious nature of Bayne's offense, his lack of criminal history and his personal characteristics, and harm perpetrated against the hundreds of child victims depicted in the videos and photographs. In addition to the terms of imprisonment and supervised release, the court ordered Bayne to pay $12,000 in restitution, to be divided among four child victims who had formally requested restitution in the case.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Bayne, III.

Updated February 24, 2016

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