Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving Child Pornography

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PITTSBURGH, PA — A resident of Charleroi, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in federal court on July 21, 2022, to charges of receipt and attempted receipt of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced.

Joey Leroy Barton, 51, pleaded guilty to two counts before United States District Judge William S. Stickman, IV.

In connection with the guilty plea, the court was advised that on March 28, 2019, and April 11, 2019, Barton received and attempted to receive digital images depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor while engaged in an online conversation with a minor over Facebook messenger.

Pending sentencing, the defendant remains detained. The law provides for a total sentence of not more than 80 years in prison, a fine of $80,000, or both. Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed is based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant.

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

The Department of Homeland Security-Homeland Security Investigations, the Roseville (Minnesota) Police Department, and the North Strabane Police Department conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Barton.

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