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Mars, PA Man Sentenced to 4 Years in Federal Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

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

PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of Mars, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to four years’ (48 months’) imprisonment, followed by 8 years’ supervised release, on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States Senior District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on David McAnally, 64.

According to information presented to the court, McAnally, on September 4, 2015, unlawfully possessed more than 500,000 still images and videos in computer graphics files depicting minor females, some of whom were under the age of 12 years, engaging in sexually explicit conduct. McAnally received and distributed the images through Bit Torrent, a peer-to-peer Internet file-sharing network.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

The Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the successful prosecution of McAnally.

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

Updated August 16, 2019

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