Natrona Heights Man Charged with Possessing Child Pornography

PITTSBURGH – A resident of Natrona Heights, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh on charges of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Scott W. Brady announced today.

The one-count indictment, returned on June 26 and unsealed today, named Jack Ulrich, Jr., 41, as the sole defendant.

According to the indictment, on October 12, 2018, Ulrich, Jr., unlawfully possessed photographs and videos in computer graphics files, which depicted minors, some of whom were under the age of 12 years, engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000.00, or both. If the defendant has a prior qualifying sex offense, the law requires a sentence that includes a term of imprisonment of not less than 10 years. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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 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.

An indictment is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.