PITTSBURGH – A resident of Monongahela, Pennsylvania, has been sentenced in federal court to 24 months’ imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release on his conviction for possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, Acting United States Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman announced today.
Senior United States District Judge Donetta W. Ambrose imposed the sentence on Eric Allard, 50.
According to information presented to the court, on November 27, 2017, investigators with Homeland Security Investigations executed a search and seizure warrant at Allard’s residence and seized numerous electronic devices. Investigators searched the electronic devices and found approximately 12,088 images and approximately 16 videos depicting child pornography. Prior to imposing the sentence, Judge Ambrose referenced the seriousness of the offense and the victims in this case.
Assistant United States Attorney Mark V. Gurzo prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
Acting United States Attorney Kaufman commended Homeland Security Investigations and the Monongahela Police Department for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Allard.
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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