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Pittsburgh Man Sentenced to More Than 5 Years in Prison for Possession of Child Sexual Abuse Material

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to 63 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years’ supervised release on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Troy Rivetti announced today.

U.S. District Judge Marilyn J. Horan imposed the sentence on Desair McCray, age 22.

According to information presented at the change of plea hearing and in the indictment, on or about March 11, 2020, McCray knowingly possessed images and videos containing child sex abuse material. Specifically, the Court was informed that a search warrant was executed at McCray’s residence after a law enforcement officer acting in an undercover capacity received links created by an individual associated with that residence. A forensic examination of McCray’s iPad and cellular telephone recovered during that search showed that he possessed almost 200 video files and 23 images containing child sexual abuse material. McCray also admitted to law enforcement that he sent links containing child sexual abuse material to other individuals online.

Assistant United States Attorney Karen Gal-Or is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Rivetti commended the Federal Bureau of Investigations and other members of the Western Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of McCray.

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

Updated March 16, 2023

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