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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Glassport Man Sentenced To 8+ Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania was sentenced in federal court to 100 months imprisonment, followed by 15 years supervised release, on his conviction of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Michael George Hadam, 60, of Glassport, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, from on or about April 9, 2014 to on or about April 11, 2014, Hadam distributed videos containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Pursuant to the initial forensic review of Hadam’s external hard drive located at the time of the search of his residence, forensic examiners identified approximately 700,000 image files and 1,000 video files of child pornography. In addition to the videos and images found on the hard drive, more than 5,000 video files of child pornography also were recovered from Hadam’s desktop computer.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the United States Postal Inspection Service and the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hadam.

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.

Updated July 14, 2015