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

Monday, September 10, 2018

St. Mary's, Pa. Man Admits Possessing Child Pornography

ERIE, PA - A resident of St. Marys, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Jeffrey Scott Beimel, 30, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge David S. Cercone.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that Beimel possessed computer images depicting minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Cercone scheduled sentencing for January 2, 2019. 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, the court continued Beimel on bond.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Beimel.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 11, 2018