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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Twice-Convicted Sex Offender Sentenced to 10 Years for Possessing Sexual Images of Minors

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 120 months’ imprisonment and lifetime supervised release on his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.

United States District Judge Cathy Bisson imposed the sentence on Krent Jeffrey Haight, age 48, formerly of the City’s Mount Washington neighborhood.

According to information presented to the court, Haight, on November 14, 2018, unlawfully possessed approximately 1500 still images and videos in computer graphics files depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, some of whom were under the age of 12 years. The images and videos were found on electronic devices seized by federal agents during the execution of a search warrant at Haight’s residence. During the search, Haight admitted to the agents that he uploaded numerous sexually exploitive images to Tumblr, a social networking website, making them available for public viewing.

Haight had two prior convictions for sex offenses, the most recent of which involved the possession of child pornography. He was a registered sex offender in the State of Pennsylvania.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Bissoon stated that she believed a 10-year term of imprisonment and lifetime supervised release would serve to protect the public and to provide for just punishment.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Haight.

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 (CEOS), 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 Neighborhoods
Updated April 27, 2021