Uniontown Man Indicted on Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

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PITTSBURGH – A resident of Uniontown, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of Production and Attempted Production of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor and Possession of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.

The 13-count Indictment named David Straitiff, age 48, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, on April 4, 2010; July 5, 2010; January 3, 2011; January 21, 2011; January 25, 2011; February 2, 2011; February 3, 2011; February 15, 2011; June 12, 2012; June 29, 2012; and July 2, 2012, Straitiff persuaded and coerced Minor A, a minor female known to the grand jury, to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions of such conduct. The grand jury further alleges that on June 1, 2021, and December 17, 2021, Straitiff knowingly possessed visual depictions, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of not less than 15 years, nor more than 30 years in prison, a fine of $3,250,000 or both.  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.  Indicate relevant bond/detention information if known

Assistant United States Attorney Karen Gal-Or is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.

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.

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