Man Sentenced to Prison for Child Pornography Charge

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SCRANTON, PA — The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Joshua Ryan Lazar, age 37, of Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, was sentenced on January 19, 2023, to 60 months imprisonment by United States District Court Judge Malachy E. Mannion for receipt and distribution of child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, on January 25, 2022, Lazar was indicted on one count of receiving and distributing visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct between September 2021 and November 30, 2021.  During the execution of a search warrant at Lazar’s residence agents seized his computer which contained over 1,560 images and 32 videos of child pornography.  The images included prepubescent minors and infants.

At the time of sentencing, Judge Mannion ordered Lazar to pay $27,000 to victims for restitution.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jenny Roberts prosecuted the case.

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