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Washington, PA Man Sentenced to Prison for Possessing 1000’s of Videos and Images of Child Sex Abuse

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH – A former resident of Washington, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 97 months’ incarceration followed by ten years of 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 Stephanie L. Haines imposed the sentence on Jon DeTemple, age 33.

As part of his sentence, the Court ordered DeTemple to pay restitution to all identified victims of his offense. The Court ordered restitution in the amount of $45,000 and stated that a hearing will be set to address an additional restitution request. Judge Haines further ordered DeTemple to pay a $5,000 special assessment under the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA) of 2015, and a $5,000 special assessment under the Amy, Vicky, and Andy Child Pornography Victim Assistance Act (AVAA) of 2018.

According to information presented to the Court, on October 23, 2019, DeTemple possessed thousands of images and videos of child sexual abuse material (child pornography) which he admitted to obtaining by utilizing a peer-to-peer file sharing network. At sentencing, Judge Haines heard from a victim of DeTemple’s crime. In imposing sentence, Judge Haines acknowledged the long-term impact of DeTemple’s offense on his victims and stated that the magnitude of DeTemple’s crime could not be ignored by the Court.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the North Strabane Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of DeTemple.

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

Updated May 13, 2021

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