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Child Exploitation
11/18/2010

2 central Pennsylvania men indicted on child pornography charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Federal Grand Jury returned indictments charging two Central Pennsylvania men in unrelated child pornography cases as a result of an investigation led by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Robert Leroy Werner, 43, of Chambersburg, Pa., and James Robert Schumacher, 46, of Harrisburg, were both charged in separate indictments for possession of child pornography and receiving and distributing child pornography over the internet.

If convicted of both offenses, each man faces up to 30 years imprisonment and fines of up to $500,000. The possession offense carries a maximum prison sentence of ten years and a maximum fine of $250,000. The receipt and distribution offense carries a mandatory minimum five-year prison sentence and a maximum prison sentence of 20 years along with a maximum fine of $250,000.

HSI investigated these cases with the Pennsylvania State Police. Prosecution of both men has been assigned to Assistant United States Attorney James T. Clancy.

This investigation is part of ICE's Operation Predator, a nationwide initiative to identify, investigate and arrest those who sexually exploit children, and the Department of Justice's Project Safe Childhood, which marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet.

As part of Operation Predator, ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423. This hotline is staffed around the clock by investigators. Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com