JOHNSTOWN, Pa. – A Somerset County resident pleaded guilty in federal court in Johnstown to a charge of possession of child pornography, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.
Robert G. Landsbach, 36, of Stoystown, Pa., pleaded guilty before United States District Judge Kim R. Gibson.
In connection with the guilty plea, on October 5, 2016, Landsbach knowingly possessed pictures and videos in individual computer graphic files, which were produced using prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct. The computer graphic files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.
Judge Gibson scheduled sentencing for Oct. 1, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
The Department of Homeland Security, Child Exploitation, the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, and the Pennsylvania State Police, Somerset, conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Landsbach.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.