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

Monday, November 25, 2019

Elk County Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Johnsonburg, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 72 months in jail on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Clarence Robert Neal IV, 36. 

According to information presented to the court, Neal received computer images and movies depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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 (CEOS), 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

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police and the Johnsonburg Borough Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Neal.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 26, 2019