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Child Exploitation
06/28/2012

Pennsylvania man sentenced for possessing child pornography

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — A Pennsylvania man was sentenced in federal court Thursday to 33 months in prison on possession of child pornography charges, following an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Carl George, 50, of New Castle, Pa., was also sentenced by United States District Judge Terrence F. McVerry to six years of supervised release following the prison term. According to court documents, George possessed videos and still images in computer graphics files involving the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The videos and images were obtained through a member-only website knows as "Dreamzone," a now defunct website that offered access to child pornography.

This investigation was part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI 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. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2ICE or by completing 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 & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.