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Erie Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced to Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children and was sentenced to 36 months in prison, 10 years supervised release and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $18,000 to the victims, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

Charles Przybyszewski, 54, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter.

In connection with the guilty plea and sentencing, the court was advised that from July 2018 to July 2020, Przybyszewski possessed computer images depicting prepubescent 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.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Przybyszewski.

Updated April 28, 2021

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