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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Latrobe Man, 22, Sentenced to More than 11 Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH, PA - A former resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 140 months’ imprisonment, followed by 20 years supervised release, on a charge of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Timothy David Piper, age 22, of Latrobe, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, on or about January 29, 2016, Piper knowingly distributed images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.  Specifically, Piper, groomed and sexually assaulted a minor male child, admitted to taking sexually explicit images and videos of the child using his cellular phone, and shared the images and videos over the Internet.

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

U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Greensburg Police Department for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Piper.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 16, 2018