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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

McCandless Man Sentenced To 88 Months In Prison For Receiving Pornographic Images Of Minors

PITTSBURGH - A North Hills resident has been sentenced in federal court to 88 months imprisonment, to be followed by 12 years supervised release, on his conviction of receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Mark Janosko, 48, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, on or about July 3, 2013, Janosko received images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Indiana County and Allegheny County District Attorney’s Offices and the McCandless Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Janosko.

This case was brought as part of the 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 information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.

Updated July 14, 2015