Distributor of Child Pornography Indicted

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been indicted by a federal grand jury in Pittsburgh for violating various federal child exploitation laws, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

The six-count Indictment returned on Dec. 6, 2022, and unsealed Thursday, named Jacob Lexso, 41, as the sole defendant.

According to the Indictment, Lexso is alleged to have distributed material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor on or about Sept. 22, 2020, and on or about Sept. 24, 2020. Lexso is also alleged to have received material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor on or about Sept. 22, and Sept. 24, 2020. On or about June 24, 2022, Lexso is alleged to have possessed material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

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 offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

Assistant United States Attorney DeMarr W. Moulton is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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

Information, a criminal complaint, or an arrest is not a declaration of guilt. A suspect, arrestee, or defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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