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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Washington County Man Sentenced to 8 Years in Federal Prison for Receiving Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A former resident of Washington County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 96 months imprisonment, followed by a lifetime of supervised release, on a charge of Receipt of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Gustave Diamond imposed the sentence on Michael G. Williams, 48, of Eighty Four, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, the court was advised that from on or about June 18, 2015, and continuing thereafter to on or about June 25, 2015, Williams knowingly received visual depictions, namely, videos and images in computer graphics and digital files, the production of which involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Office of the Pennsylvania Attorney General and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Williams.

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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 18, 2016