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Lake City Resident Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Minors

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

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Lake City, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years in prison, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release, and ordered to make restitution in the amount of $4,000 and to pay a $5,100 special assessment on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan announced today.

United States District Judge Susan Paradise Baxter imposed the sentence on William Joseph Leuschen, 39.

According to information presented to the Court, from in and around May 2020 to in and around February 2022, Leuschen received and possessed images depicting prepubescent minors, some as young as infants and toddlers, engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

United States Attorney Olshan commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Erie County Detectives Bureau, and Erie County Adult Probation and Parole Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Leuschen.

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 (CEOS), 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

Updated May 31, 2024

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