PA Man Pleads Guilty to Child Sexual Exploitation Charges

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A former resident of Derry, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court to charges involving the sexual exploitation of minors, announced United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung.

Michael Wilson, age 44, pleaded guilty Wednesday to six counts before United States District Judge J. Nicholas Ranjan.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on multiple occasions during 2019 through May 15, 2021, Wilson attempted to and did use, persuade, induce, entice, and coerce various minors to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual depiction of such conduct. Further, the court was advised that from September 2019 to October 2019, Wilson distributed visual depictions, namely, images in computer graphic and digital files, the production of which involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct and, on May 15, 2021, Wilson knowingly possessed visual depictions, namely, videos and images in computer graphic and digital files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

Judge Ranjan scheduled sentencing for March 30, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. The law provides for a total sentence of not less than fifteen 15 years and not more than life imprisonment, a fine of up to $2,500,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history of the defendant.

Pending sentencing, Wilson remains detained.

Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government.

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Homeland Security Investigations – Pittsburgh, the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Derry Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Wilson.

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