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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, March 21, 2016

Verona Man Gets 20-Year Prison Sentence for Producing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Verona, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 20 years imprisonment, followed by 25 years supervised release, on his conviction of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Chief United States District Judge Joy Flowers Conti imposed the sentence on David Hudak, 46, formerly of Verona, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court at the time of the guilty plea, on Feb. 3, 2013, Hudak employed, used, and coerced a minor, approximately five years of age, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a video depicting her sexual exploitation. The court was further informed that the video was taken in Hudak’s Verona residence, while the child victim was in his custody and care. The video was discovered on a computer seized from Hudak’s residence during the execution of search warrant. The search warrant was issued following an undercover investigation during which Hudak distributed videos depicting the sexual exploitation of minors to an undercover officer.

Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Conti stated that a 20-year sentence of imprisonment, followed by 25 years of supervision, was an appropriately lengthy sentence given the very serious nature of Hudak’s conduct and the harm done to the child victim.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other members of the Western Pennsylvania Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Hudak.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 21, 2016