Criminal Justice News

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Former Titusville Man Sentenced to 50 Years in Jail for Child Pornography Offenses


ERIE, PA—A former resident of Titusville, Pennsylvania has been sentenced in federal court to 50 years in prison and lifetime supervised release on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, United States Attorney David J. Hickton announced today.

Senior United States District Judge Maurice B. Cohill, Jr. imposed the sentence on Craig Alan Finley, 35.

According to information presented to the court, the evidence presented at trial established that Finley used his cell phone to produce videos of himself sexually assaulting a10-year-old boy.

These videos were then distributed on the Internet. The evidence also revealed that Finley received and was in possession of over 30,000 images and movies depicting minors, many younger than 10 years of age, engaged in sexually explicit conduct. Finley also distributed his enormous collection of child pornography to others on the Internet.

Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.

U.S. Attorney Hickton commended the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Finley.

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