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Child Exploitation
12/15/2011

Pennsylvania man indicted on child pornography charges

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Pennsylvania man has been has been charged with possession of child pornography. The charges are the result of an investigation being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Pennsylvania State Police.

According to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith, Middle District of Pennsylvania, a federal grand jury indicted Michael Savageau, 30, of Lewisberry, Pa., for possession of child pornography. The indictment was sealed pending Savageau's arrest by ICE HSI agents.

HSI agents located a personal commuter at Savageau's residence that allegedly contained hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

"HSI will continue its relentless pursuit of online predators," said John P. Kelleghan, special agent in charge of ICE HSI in Philadelphia. "These are serious crimes that deprive our children of their innocence and impact their lives for a long time."

"If convicted, Savageau could receive a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 and three years of supervised release upon the completion of any prison sentence."

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders, and child sex traffickers. ICE encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or its online tip form. Both are 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.