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

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Crafton Man Pleads Guilty To Distributing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH – An Allegheny County pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Michael Leneweaver, 49, of Crafton, Pa., pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.

In connection with the guilty plea, on or about Sept. 5, 2013, Leneweaver distributed videos and images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Oct. 14, 2015, at 2 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 90 years in prison, a fine of $1,250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Leneweaver.

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

Updated July 14, 2015