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

Monday, March 26, 2018

Millvale Man with Prior Conviction for Distributing Child Pornography will Spend 10 More Years in Prison for Possessing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 10 years’ imprisonment, followed by seven years’ supervised release, on a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge David S. Cercone imposed the sentence on Robert Paladino, Jr., age 61, of Millvale, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the Court, on or about August 13, 2015, Paladino knowingly possessed videos and images in computer graphic files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age. Paladino had previously been convicted of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor in 2006 and served 121 months imprisonment on that offense.

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

United States Attorney Brady commended the United States Postal Inspection Service for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Paladino.

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 www.justice.gov/psc.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 29, 2018