Pittsburgh Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Exploitation Charges | USAO-WDPA

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of Receipt and Attempted Receipt of Material Depicting the Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

Michael Riley, age 34, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count before United States District Judge Marilyn J. Horan.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that from January 2, 2020 through March 3, 2020, Riley knowingly received and attempted to receive visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, namely videos.

Judge Horan scheduled sentencing for October 20, 2020 at 9:30AM. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than five years and not more than 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Riley.

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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