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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 2, 2020

Meadville Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Prison for Project Safe Childhood Offenses

ERIE, Pa. - A former resident of Meadville, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months in jail and 8 years supervised release on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Dennis Michael Kerr, 29.

According to information presented to the court, Kerr transported computer images and movies depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Kerr also transferred and attempted to transfer obscene material to an individual Kerr thought was a minor.

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 www.justice.gov/psc.

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kerr.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 2, 2020