A 35-year-old Gibsonia man has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on a charge of possessing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton announced Thursday.
Jason B. Nolan, of 5236 Mallard Drive, Gibsonia, is the sole defendant in the one-count indictment that was returned Wednesday and unsealed Thursday.
The Mallard Drive address is off West Hardies Road in Hampton Township, just south of the Richland Township border.
According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 14, 2012, Nolan possessed visual depictions of the sexual exploitation of minors, in computer graphics files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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 U.S. 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.usdoj.gov/psc.
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