Erie Resident Pleads Guilty to Violating Federal Laws Related to the Sexual Exploitation of Children
PITTSBURGH, PA - A resident of California, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges of transfer of obscene material to a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Timothy Cribbins, 46, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on two separate occasions in December 2018 Cribbins knowingly used Snapchat to send photographs of his penis to a female under the age of sixteen. The court was further informed that the defendant, at the time of the charged conduct, was involved in coaching youth recreational sports in the community.
Judge Ambrose scheduled sentencing for October 15, 2020. The law provides for a total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant. Cribbins will remain on bond pending sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Christy C. Wiegand is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Cribbins. 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 www.justice.gov/psc.