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

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Pittsburgh Man Charged with Possessing Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of Minors

PITTSBURGH – One resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on a charge of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

The one-count Indictment named David Stanton, age 53, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on March 5, 2021, Stanton knowingly possessed visual depictions, namely, videos in computer graphic and digital files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not more than 20 years in prison, a fine not to exceed $250,000.00, a term of supervised release of at least five years and up to life, or a combination thereof. 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 Benjamin J. Risacher is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation 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.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 22, 2021