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U.S. Attorney’s Office
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 12, 2022

Pittsburgh Man Charged with Attempted Coercion of a Minor for Sex

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, PA, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of violating federal child exploitation laws United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The one-count Indictment named Thomas A. Yocum, Jr., 34, of the City’s Summer Hill neighborhood, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, from on or about Sept. 13, 2022, until on or about Sept. 18, 2022, Thomas A. Yocum, Jr. is alleged to have used cellular telephone networks and the internet to knowingly attempt to persuade, induce, entice, or coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18, to engage in unlawful sexual activity.

The law provides for a minimum total sentence of 10 years in prison, up to a term of 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Robert C. Schupansky is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case. 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.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 12, 2022