U.S. Attorney's Office
Western District of Pennsylvania
February 25, 2015

Uniontown Man Indicted on Child Pornography Production and Possession Charges

PITTSBURGH—A resident of Fayette County has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of production and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

The four-count indictment named David Kinteay Carson, 37, formerly of Coolspring Street, Uniontown, Pa., as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 26, 2014, Oct. 18, 2014, and Dec. 13, 2014, Carson produced visual depictions of the sexual exploitation of two minors. The indictment further alleges that on or about Dec. 18, 2014, Carson knowingly possessed images in computer graphic or digital files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a mandatory minimum of 15 years’ imprisonment for each count of production of child pornography, a maximum sentence of 10 years’ imprisonment for possessing child pornography, and a fine of $750,000. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Uniontown City Police Department conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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.

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