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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Judge Sentences Crafton Man To 100 Months In Prison For Possessing And Distributing Child Pornography

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

Senior United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Brandon Quinn, 30, formerly of Crafton, Pa.

According to information presented to the court, on or about September 9, 2013, Quinn distributed images and videos in computer graphics files containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Quinn also was found to be in possession of visual depictions, namely, images and videos in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended Homeland Security Investigations for conducting the investigation which led to the successful prosecution of Quinn.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Updated July 14, 2015