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

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Somerset County Man Sentenced To Prison For Possessing Pornographic Videos Of Children

JOHNSTOWN, Pa. - A resident of Windber, Pa., has been sentenced in federal court to five years in prison, 10 years supervised release—the first 18 months of which must be served by conditions of home confinement, required to register as a convicted sex offender, and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution on his conviction of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Donald T. Reese, 69.

According to information presented to the court, on April 28, 2011, Reese knowingly possessed videos in individual computer graphic files which were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Southwest Computer Crime Task Force of the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Reese.

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 Attorney's 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.

Updated July 14, 2015