(STL.News) – United States Attorney William M. McSwain announced today that Peter Gilbert, 36, of Springfield, Pennsylvania, has been arrested and charged with one count of manufacturing and attempting to manufacture child pornography, and one count of distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography. These charges arise out of Gilbert’s alleged production of sexually explicit images of a child to whom he previously had access and his distribution of those images to an undercover federal agent over the Internet.
“Those who produce and disseminate child pornography pose a serious threat to the safety of our youth and our communities,” said U.S. Attorney McSwain. “Even in these trying times – especially in these trying times – federal prosecutors will not rest in our constant efforts to protect children. And I want to thank all of our law enforcement partners for continuing to work together to protect the most vulnerable in our society.”
“Adults who use their access to children for their own sexual gratification are both a danger and a disgrace,” said Michael J. Driscoll, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division. “The FBI and our law enforcement partners will never stop working to put predators who harm children behind bars. These are incredibly disturbing cases to investigate, but each time we’re able to step in and protect a child victim from further sexual abuse, it’s a good day.”
If convicted, Gilbert faces a statutory maximum sentence of 50 years’ incarceration with a 15 year mandatory minimum sentence of imprisonment, a lifetime of supervised release, and a $500,000 fine.
The case is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, with assistance from Delaware County District Attorney Detectives, the Springfield Township Police Department, Ridley Township Police Department, Sharon Hill Police Department, Newtown Square Police Department, and the Upper Darby Police Department. It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Kelly Harrell.
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