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Oil City Man Sentenced to 16 Years for Receiving Sexual Images of Children

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

Erie, Pa. - A resident of Oil City, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 200 months in jail, lifetime supervised release and ordered to pay $15,000 in restitution ($3,000 to five separate identified victims) on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

United States District Judge Stephanie L. Haines imposed the sentence on Brent Lockwood, 64. 

According to information presented to the court, Lockwood received thousands of computer images and videos depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Lockwood also did not dispute that there was sufficient evidence to convict him of traveling to the Philippines on numerous occasions for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with minors. The evidence also revealed that Lockwood had, in fact, engaged in sexual activity with minors during his numerous trips to the Philippines.

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

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Haines stated that Lockwood showed no remorse for his conduct and that Lockwood’s sentencing submissions attempted to justify his conduct in a way that was not credible.

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

United States Attorney Chung commended the Department of Homeland Security Investigations for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Lockwood.

Updated March 4, 2022

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