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Former Pittsburgh Resident Pleaded Guilty and Was Sentenced for Conviction of Possession of Child Pornography

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

PITTSBURGH, PA- A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty and was sentenced in federal court to 30 months’ imprisonment followed by five years of supervised release on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge Robert J. Colville imposed the sentence on Christopher Pelzer, 33, formerly of Pittsburgh, PA.

According to information presented to the court, Pelzer knowingly possessed 11 images and 13 videos containing child sexual abuse material, some of which depicted sadistic and masochistic conduct involving minors as young as 5 to 7 years old.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Colville noted the seriousness of the offense and its impact on minor victims. Judge Colville further ordered Pelzer to pay a $5000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act, and a $1000 special assessment under the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act.
Assistant United States Attorney Karen Gal-Or prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Department of Homeland Security for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Pelzer.

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

Updated August 16, 2023

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