PA Man Charged with Child Porn

PA Man Charged with Child Porn


Acting United States Attorney Robert S. Cessar announced today, May 19, 2010, that on May 12, 2010, Michael J. Fitzpatrick, a resident of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Johnstown on a charge of possessing child pornography.

The one-count indictment, unsealed today, named Fitzpatrick, age 52, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment presented to the court, on December 8, 2009, Fitzpatrick knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files which were produced using minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Assistant United States Attorney John J. Valkovci, Jr., who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated that the law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.


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