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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 10, 2014

Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty To Possessing Sexually Explicit Images And Videos Of Minors

PITTSBURGH- A Pittsburgh resident pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Zachary Roth, 38, pleaded guilty to one count before Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on or about March 21, 2007, Roth did knowingly possess visual depictions, namely, images and videos contained in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Conti scheduled sentencing for Feb. 20, 2015, at 11 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Amy L. Johnston is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Roth.

Updated July 14, 2015