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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 15, 2021

Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison for Producing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 15 years’ incarceration, to be served consecutively to a sentence of 10 to 20 years’ incarceration imposed in the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas, followed by 10 years’ supervised release on his conviction of production and attempted production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

United States District Judge William S. Stickman, IV imposed the sentence on Matthew Joseph Gourley, age 49, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, on January 6, 2020, Gourley forced Minor A, a minor female victim, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction, namely, a digital image and a video, depicting Minor A engaging in sexually explicit content. Gourley’s conduct was discovered by law enforcement during an online undercover operation.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Stickman stated “there is no room to debate the seriousness” of Gourley’s crime, calling Gourley’s documentation of his sexual abuse of Minor A “heinous, inexcusable, abhorrent.”

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the FBI Pittsburgh Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Allegheny County Police Department, for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Gourley.
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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 15, 2021