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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Irwin Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Collecting and Trading Child Porn Videos

PITTSBURGH, PA. – A resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to a term of imprisonment of 60 months to be followed by five years of supervised release on his conviction of receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence yesterday on Jeffrey John Valenta, age 57, formerly of Irwin, Pennsylvania.

According to the information presented to the court, in November 2010, the Pennsylvania State Police were conducting an undercover investigation into the internet sharing of child pornography. In connection with the investigation, the state police obtained evidence that led to Valenta’s home. Troopers executed a search warrant at the residence of Valenta on January 6, 2011. He admitted to collecting and trading child pornography. A forensic review of Valenta’s computer revealed 33 video files depicting child pornography.

Assistant United States Attorney Shanicka L. Kennedy prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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Updated June 26, 2018