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Federal Internet crime charges brought against West Deer man

Because the Internet spans state and national borders, allegations of Internet crimes can be prosecuted under federal law and state law. This can lead to a dizzying set of legal circumstances for a defendant, and anyone accused of federal or state Internet crimes would be wise to seek appropriate legal counsel.

A 49-year-old Pennsylvania man will need such counsel after recently being charged with federal Internet crimes related to child pornography. The federal charges were made public on Nov. 20, and the man was already facing sex crime allegations brought by authorities in Allegheny County.

Last month, county authorities charged the man with possession of child pornography and disseminating images of child sex acts. According to investigators, an IP addressed was linked to the man's home in West Deer after he allegedly used a file-sharing network.

Police in Allegheny County also charged him with a number of crimes related to alleged sexual contact with a girl.

In addition to those allegations, federal authorities have accused him of receiving and possessing child pornography. A conviction on the federal charges could lead to a prison sentence of up to 30 years. He could also be ordered to pay a fine of $500,000.

Clearly, serious consequences follow a child sex crime conviction. Other possible penalties include a lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.

These charges are prosecuted aggressively, and often federal investigators have a significant amount of evidence before charges are even filed. Individuals facing such allegations often need legal representation with experience in state and federal courts.

Source:, "West Deer man charged with child porn," Chuck Biedka, Nov. 21, 2013

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