Man Indicted for Attempted Child Enticement, Production Of Child Pornography


SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Mason Morey, age 26, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was indicted Thursady by a federal grand jury on one count of attempted online enticement and 14 counts of production of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the superseding indictment alleges that between November 28, 2022, and December 8, 2022, Morey used the internet to attempt to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity. It further alleges that on December 7, 2022, Morey produced images and videos of child pornography. Agents with Homeland Security Investigations arrested Morey on December 8, 2022, on the attempted online enticement charges in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.  Following an initial appearance on the charge, U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph F. Saporito, Jr. ordered Morey to be detained pending trial on the charge.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny P. Roberts is prosecuting the case.

The maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is lifetime imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a fine. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by the Judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.

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