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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Ellwood City Man Sentenced to Prison for Distribution of Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court to 135 months imprisonment, followed by 20 years supervised release, and $1,000.00 in restitution, on a charge of Distribution of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Lucas Avery Klobetanz, age 40.

According to information presented to the court, on or about October 8, 2015, Klobetanz distributed videos and images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

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

Acting U.S. Attorney Song commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Klobetanz.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 15, 2017