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Man indicted on charges of child porn



Published: Fri, November 2, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



PITTSBURGH -- A federal grand jury here has handed up an indictment against a Mercer County man on charges of transportation, receipt and possession of child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan said the indictment names Wesley J. Rowlands, 23, of Gearhart Road, Shenango Township. He is the sole defendant in the case, she said.

The indictment accuses Rowland of transporting graphic image files containing child pornography in interstate commerce Oct. 7, 1999, and Nov. 10, 1999, of receiving an 8mm video containing child pornography and having child pornography in his possession.

Penalties: The law provides up to 35 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both, although the actual sentence imposed on a defendant is based upon the seriousness of the offense and prior criminal history.

This case involved a wide group of investigating agencies, including a number of them in Pittsburgh operating under the banner of the Western Pennsylvania Crimes Against Children Task Force, Buchanan said. That includes the FBI, the United States Customs Service, the Pennsylvania State Police and other agencies.




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