Connellsville Resident Indicted on Child Sexual Abuse Material Charges

US Department of Justice

PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, is facing federal charges of producing and distributing child sexual abuse material, according to an announcement made by United States Attorney Eric G. Olshan on Tuesday, February 27, 2024.

James Paul Schwarz, 37, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh. The two-count indictment names Schwarz as the sole defendant.

The indictment alleges that between October 2022 and September 2023, Schwarz took videos and photos of a minor engaged in sexual conduct and then distributed those materials to others. These are serious allegations that carry severe penalties under federal law.

If found guilty, the law provides for a maximum sentence of no less than 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. However, the actual sentence imposed would depend on the seriousness of the offenses and any prior criminal history of the defendant, according to the federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Assistant United States Attorney Jeffrey R. Bengel is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government. The Department of Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the indictment.

However, it’s crucial to remember that an indictment is merely an accusation. All defendants, including Schwarz, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. As such, while the charges are grave and the potential consequences severe, the process of justice must still run its course.

As this case moves forward, further details will likely emerge. Until then, Schwarz, like any other defendant, is afforded the right to a fair trial and the presumption of innocence until proven guilty. It’s important for the public to remember that an indictment is not a conviction, and the charges laid out in it are allegations until proven in court.

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