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Convicted Child Exploitation Offender From Irwin Sentenced to Prison Term Above Sentencing Guideline Range for Violating Federal Supervised Release

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

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A resident of Irwin, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court on March 11, 2024, to 15 months of incarceration for violating the conditions of his federal supervised release imposed as a result of his conviction in two prior cases where he illegally possessed child sexual abuse material, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge Christy C. Weigand imposed the sentence on Thomas Wesley Crosby IV, 30.

According to information presented to the Court, Crosby was living in New Mexico in 2018 while serving in the United States Air Force. A federal search warrant at his residence resulted in child sexual abuse material being located on his computer, tablet, cellphone, and thumb drives. Crosby returned to Western Pennsylvania after receiving a less than honorable discharge. A search of Crosby’s cellphone recovered on October 16, 2020, in Pennsylvania revealed three times more the number of child pornography videos than were located during the New Mexico search in 2018. Based on the seizures in New Mexico and Pennsylvania, Crosby was indicted and pleaded guilty to federal charges of possessing visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. He was sentenced in New Mexico to time served, followed by 15 years of supervised release.

Crosby returned to Western Pennsylvania where he was serving his term of federal supervised release. Soon thereafter, monitoring software indicated that Crosby had been using his computer to view computer-generated and anime-type images of infant females engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

During his March 11 hearing before Judge Weigand, Crosby did not contest the allegation that he had again possessed and viewed illegal sexual images of children. Judge Weigand stated that a sentence above the discretionary four-to-ten-month sentencing guidelines range was warranted in this matter. In addition to 15 months of incarceration, Judge Weigand also imposed another ten-year period of supervision and banned Crosby’s possession and use of computers, a cellphone, or the internet for a period of 60 days after his release from federal prison. Crosby was detained at the conclusion of the hearing.

Assistant United States Attorney Ross E. Lenhardt represented the United States in this supervised release revocation proceeding. United States Attorney Olshan commended the United States Probation Office for their outstanding work on this matter.

Updated March 12, 2024