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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Penn Hills Man Indicted on Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

PITTSBURGH - A suburban Pittsburgh resident has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of Coercion and Enticement and Attempted Coercion and Enticement of a Minor to Engage in Illegal Sexual Activity, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The four-count Indictment named Kaung Myat Kyaw, age 22, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, (Penn Hills) as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, during various periods between August 9, 2020 and March 25, 2021, Kyaw knowingly enticed and coerced four minor victims using the Internet and a cellular telephone service to engage in sexual activity for which any person can be charged with a criminal offense.

The FBI is seeking the public's help in identifying potential victims from across the country that were under the age of 18 who may have been asked by an individual to produce sexually graphic videos or photographs or engage in sexual conduct. Anyone who may have been victimized by Kaung Myat Kyaw or has information relevant to this investigation, please visit fbi.gov/7dc and complete a short questionnaire.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence as to each of the four charges of not less than ten (10) years in prison and up to life, a fine of $250,000, or both. 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. Kyaw was arrested on November 18, 2021, by agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and was detained pending trial.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, Fairfax County Police Department, and Wright County, Minnesota Sheriff’s Office 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.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 15, 2021