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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 28, 2014

Former Turnpike Employee Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Production Charge

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Jeannette, Pa., pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

John S. Longo, 57, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Longo, a retired employee of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, from June 2009 through November 2010, requested another adult produce and send him digital images depicting the sexual exploitation of a child victim who was 12 years of age. The images included those produced on January 30, 2010, of the minor victim by the other adult.

Judge Fischer scheduled sentencing for January 22, 2015, at 9:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court ordered Longo be detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Department of Homeland Security and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Longo.

Updated July 14, 2015