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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 22, 2014

Corry Physician Pleads Guilty To Possessing Child Pornography

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Corry, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

William Jay Blazes, 47, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Blazes possessed approximately 7,000 computer images and movies depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for April 6, 2015 at 12:45 p.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Blazes on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Corry Police Department, the Erie County District Attorney’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Blazes.

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.

Updated July 14, 2015