Kingston Man Admits Receiving Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2010|
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 25-year-old Kingston resident pled guilty today to receiving child pornography before Senior U.S. District Court Judge James M. Munley.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Randall A. Hayes, formerly of Florida, admitted to downloading images of child pornography on his computer during February to March 2010.
The terms of the plea agreement state that the government and the defendant have agreed that the sentence imposed in the case should be 66 months in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, and a $100 special assessment. Judge Munley scheduled sentencing for March 23, 2011.
Hayes was charged in a criminal Information filed by the United States Attorney’s Office on December 3, 2010. The charge resulted from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Pennsylvania State Police, Kingston Police, and Keene Police in New Hampshire.
U.S. Attorney Smith noted that this case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006, by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
U.S. Attorney Smith noted that the case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.