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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 19, 2019

Elizabeth, PA Man Admits Having Child Pornography on His Cell Phone and Dropbox and Yahoo Accounts

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Elizabeth, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Ernest Gill, 65, of pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that, 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, Gill acknowledged that he also distributed child pornography.

Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for January 9, 2020. The law provides for a total sentence of up to 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.

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

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County District Attorney Investigations Unit, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Gill.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 20, 2019