PITTSBURGH – A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania pleaded guilty in federal court to a charge of possession of material depicting the exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Abhijeet Das, 27, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty on March 6 to one count before United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak.
In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on November 8, 2017, Das unlawfully possessed computer graphic files containing approximately 1,000 photographs and 380 videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.
Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for July 19, 2018 at 9:30 am. The law provides for a total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Pending sentencing, the court released Das on a $25,000 bond.
Assistant United States Attorney Lee J. Karl is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.
The Western Pennsylvania Crimes Against Children Task Force conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Das.