Child pornography is a serious Internet crime that can deleteriously impact a number of people, as well as society as a whole. Recently, a man from Blairsville, Pennsylvania, has been ordered to serve 20 years in prison for producing and distributing child pornography on the Internet.
The 46-year-old man was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Pittsburgh to 20 years of prison and lifetime parole for pleading guilty to the crime. In 2012, Indiana County investigators found the man producing the images from his home while using a neighbor's wireless Internet connection. As a result, they confiscated cameras and computers from his home.
While the Indiana County district attorney's office was initially in charge of the case, it was later handed off to federal authorities. The investigation found that the man was collecting and distributing child pornography, with documents filed noting that "he distinguished himself from other defendants by creating and producing himself sexually explicit videos and images of a child."
The plea agreement the man made with prosecutors allowed him to avoid facing other charges such as possession of exploitative materials and distribution. While his punishment is harsh, he was facing a maximum of $750,000 in fines as well as 60 years in prison.
In this case, the man was involved with producing and distributing child pornography from 2010 to 2012, showing sustained criminal activity. As a result of the crime, he will now spend the next 20 years in prison while then being subjected to lifetime parole. Thanks to a plea agreement, he was able to avoid harsher sentencing.
Source: The Indiana Gazette, "Porn maker sent to prison" No author given, Mar. 27, 2014