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Pennsylvania Man Indicted on Child Pornography Charges


This news story was published on January 20, 2012.
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WASHINGTON – A resident of Washington County, Pa., was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of possession, production and receipt of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, announced Assistant Attorney General Lanny A. Breuer of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania David J. Hickton.

Jeffrey W. Herschell, 53, was charged with three counts in a superseding indictment.

According to the superseding indictment, in approximately February 2010, Herschell produced and received files depicting a minor in the Philippines engaging in sexually explicit conduct. Also, on approximately March 14, 2011, Herschell possessed visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Herschell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison and a fine of $750,000.

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar of the Western District of Pennsylvania and Trial Attorney Anitha S. Ibrahim of the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the superseding indictment in this case.

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

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