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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Federal Judge Sentences Greene County Man to 338 Years in Prison for Child Exploitation Offenses

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A former resident of Greene County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 338 years, one month and 11 days imprisonment, followed by a lifetime supervised release, on charges of production, distribution and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Eric James Stull, age 50, of Clarksville, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the Court, from May 8, 2006 to December 26, 2015, Stull produced 39 videos and 106 image files of his sexual exploitation of a female minor. The conduct began when the minor was less than two years old and continued for ten years until she was 11 years old. Also, on July 21, 2015, Stull knowingly distributed a video containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor to an undercover Pennsylvania State Police Corporal. Further, on April 29, 2016, Stull possessed images in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age.

In sentencing the defendant, Judge Ambrose stated that this was an "entirely heinous crime. The worst of its kind…" that she had seen. She stated to the defendant, "It’s hard to know what to say to you. You committed indefensible conduct."

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the Pennsylvania State Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Greene County District Attorney’s Office for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Stull.

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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 20, 2018