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

Monday, March 25, 2019

Erie Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Crimes relating to the Sexual Exploitation of Children

ERIE, Pa. - A resident of Erie, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to five years (60 months) in prison and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $3,000 on his conviction of 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 Jonathan Scott Boynton, 31, 3420 Clifton Drive, Erie, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, Boynton received and possessed computer images and movies 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, 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 Department of Homeland Security Investigations for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Boynton.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 25, 2019