New York Man Indicted for Child Exploitation Offenses
PITTSBURGH - A New York man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on charges of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
The two-count indictment, returned on March 13, named Andrew Michael Dubois, age 32, of Jamestown, New York, as the sole defendant.
According to the indictment, on December 7, 2017, Dubois knowingly travelled in interstate commerce for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor. The indictment further alleges that on December 7, 2017, Dubois possessed images and videos 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.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 40 years imprisonment, a maximum term of lifetime supervised release, and a fine of $500,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the North Strabane Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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.