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Judge Sentences Somerset County Man to 6 Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Somerset County resident has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to 72 months in prison and 10 years’ supervised release on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Robert G. Landsbach, 37, of Stoystown, Pa..

According to information presented to the court, on October 5, 2016, Landsbach knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files, which were produced using prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Mr. Brady commended the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Department of Homeland Security - Child Exploitation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police, Somerset, for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of Landsbach.

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 better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated October 1, 2018

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