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Western District of Pennsylvania

Thursday, March 17, 2016

West Mifflin Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Distributing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH - A resident of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 72 months imprisonment, followed by 15 years supervised release, on a charge of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Paul Robert Fike, age 37, of West Mifflin, Pennsylvania.

According to information presented to the court, the court was advised that on or about June 11, 2014, Fike distributed images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.

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

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Pennsylvania State Police, the Indiana County District Attorney’s Office, the Allegheny County Police Department, and the West Mifflin Police Department for conducting the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Fike.

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 March 17, 2016