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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, February 2, 2022

Glassport Man Sentenced to 7 Years for Possessing Child Sexual Abuse Materials

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Glassport, PA, has been sentenced in federal court to 87 months in prison to be followed by 5 years of supervised release on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Robert J. Colville imposed the sentence on Rory Shelton, 59, formerly of Glassport, PA.

According to information presented to the court, in May 2019, a 16 year-old female went missing from her home in Paducah, Kentucky. An investigation traced the girl to Shelton’s one-room apartment in Glassport, PA, where the female was found to be staying with Shelton. Subsequent search warrants for the apartment and Shelton’s cell phones revealed an extensive collection of child sexual abuse material, including prepubescent minors and sadistic and masochistic conduct. Sexually exploitive images of the 16 year-old were also discovered. Shelton was convicted in Allegheny Court of Common Pleas for his conduct related to the 16 year-old girl and is serving a state sentence of 36 to 72 months of imprisonment. Judge Colville ordered the federal sentence to run concurrently with the state sentence.

Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Chung commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Allegheny County Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Shelton.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 2, 2022