The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a Schuylkill County resident pleaded guilty today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas M. Blewitt to receiving and distributing child pornography.
According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Dean Livingstone, age 42, of New Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, admitted to using a computer to download and share images of child pornography between May 2008 and June 2009.
Livingstone was indicted by a federal grand jury on March 16, 2010. Livingstone’s arrest resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, if accepted by the court, Livingstone will be sentenced to between 132 months and 168 months in prison, to be followed by a life term of supervised release. Sentencing before Senior U.S. District Court Judge Richard P. Conaboy is scheduled for August 28, 2012.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), 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 to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.