PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Brownsville, Pennsylvania, has pleaded guilty to possessing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
Karl Lutes, age 52, pleaded guilty on May 3, 2023, to one count before United States District Judge Cathy Bissoon.
According to information presented to the court during the guilty plea hearing, on or about February 11, 2020, agents of Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Lutes’s residence and found him in possession of videos and still images in computer graphics files depicting the sexual exploitation of minors, some of whom had not yet attained the age of 12 years.
Judge Bissoon scheduled sentencing for August 21, 2023. The law provides for a maximum total sentence of 10 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 offense and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.
Lutes will remain on bond pending sentencing.
Assistant United States Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
Homeland Security Investigations conducted the investigation leading to the Indictment in this case.
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