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

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Mt. Pleasant Man Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months’ imprisonment, followed by 10 years’ supervised release, on a charge of receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

United States District Judge Nora Barry Fischer imposed the sentence on Charles Kaper, age 53, of Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, the court was advised that from June 2016 to July 2016, Kaper received videos and images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

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

U.S. Attorney Brady commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Kaper.

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 February 13, 2018