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Mercer, Pa. man gets 35 years for child porn



Published: Thu, December 6, 2012 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

pittsburgh

A federal judge here sentenced at a Mercer County man to 35 years in prison for producing child pornography.

Armando Cruz, 44, formerly of North Pitt Street in Mercer, Pa., this summer pleaded guilty to two counts of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab sentenced him to the prison term Wednesday along with supervised release to last “the remainder of his life,” according to a press release by the office of U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Cruz was charged with using, persuading and coercing a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct from March 2011 to June 2011, the release stated.

At the time of his guilty plea, the court was presented with information that established that Cruz had engaged in sexual conduct and/or had sexual contact with four children, three of whom were under the age of 12.

The information established Cruz had used the children for the purpose of producing video and still images of the sexual exploitation, which was then distributed to other men, the release stated.

Two other men, one in Denver, and one in San Diego, have been similarly charged.

Cruz could have faced a total sentence of 60 years imprisonment, a $500,000 fine or both. The actual sentence imposed is based on the seriousness of the offenses and the defendant’s criminal history, according to federal sentencing guidelines.

The case was brought to court as part of Project Safe Childhood, an initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, along with federal, state and local resources.


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1steelwagon(284 comments)posted 1 year, 7 months ago

Completely worthless scum.
It's a crime we have to feed,house and provide medical care for this pos when a bullet between the eyes would have been better for everybody.

Oh well Big Ugly Bubba will enjoy his new companion/slave/toy for many years to come

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