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

Monday, March 14, 2016

Coraopolis Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County resident has been sentenced in federal court to 36 months imprisonment, followed by 12 years supervised release, on a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer also ordered Stephen Hutchinson to pay $9,000.00 in restitution to victims, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Stephen Hutchinson, 30, of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, the court was advised that on or about March 3, 2015, Hutchinson knowingly possessed images and videos in computer graphics 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.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hutchinson.

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 March 15, 2016