Erie Resident Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Laws Related to the Sexual Exploitation of Children
PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Soo C. Song announced today.
Travis Glies, age 38, of Allison Park, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak .
In connection with the guilty plea, from January of 2016 to February of 2016, Glies produced visual depictions of the sexual exploitation of a minor. Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for April 25, 2017.
The law provides for a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years and a maximum sentence of 30 years for the production of child pornography. 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 Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office, and the Allegheny County Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the prosecution of Glies.
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.