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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Florida Man Sentenced to Time-Served for Transferring Obscene Material to a Minor

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Tampa, Florida, has been sentenced in federal court to time-served and 3 years’ supervised release on his conviction of transferring obscene material to a minor, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Arthur J. Schwab imposed the sentence on Robert Fike, age 51, of Tampa, Florida.

According to information presented to the court, in January of 2019 and in February of 2019, Fike sent packages to a minor female residing in the Western District of Pennsylvania. The packages contained obscene material—socks or leggings with Fike’s semen, as confirmed by laboratory testing, and letters addressed to the minor female with graphic, sexually explicit content.

Fike has been in custody related to this case since December 2019 and has served nearly 28 months in prison.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, and the Penn Township Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Fike.

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 April 5, 2022