Erie Resident Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Laws Related to the Sexual Exploitation of Children
JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A resident of DuBois, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to charges violating child pornography laws, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Darren J. Salgado, 34, pleaded guilty to the indictment before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
In connection with the guilty plea, on October 17, 2016, Salgado knowingly distributed pictures and/or videos in an individual computer graphic file depicting a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Further, on June 28, 2017, Salgado possessed images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, which were produced using prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Apr. 2, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. The law provides for a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison and a fine of $500,000 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 Maureen Sheehan-Balchon is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Salgado.