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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 9, 2020

Elizabeth Man Sentenced for Possession of Material Depicting Exploitation of Children

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 87 months in prison followed by 5 years of supervised release on his conviction of possession of material depicting the exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon imposed the sentence on Ernest Gill, 57, of Elizabeth, PA.

According to information presented to the court, on July 20, 2017, law enforcement executed a search warrant on Gill’s residence and recovered a Samsung cell phone, which contained a collection of child pornography. A subsequent search of Gill’s Dropbox and Yahoo accounts also revealed child pornography. In addition to possessing child pornography, the Court was informed that Gill distributed child pornography via Skype, Chatsetp, Dropbox and email.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County District Attorney Investigations Unit, and the Allegheny County Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gill.

Updated July 10, 2020