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A McKeesport man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to a charge of possession of child pornography.
Michael Brooks, 54, also faces a fine of up to $250,000, said a spokeswoman for acting U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman in Pittsburgh.
Brooks entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Marilyn J. Horan. Sentencing is scheduled for July 27.
Federal prosecutors allege that officers executed a search warrant on Brooks’ home on March 25, 2020, and found more than 540 digital photos and images depicting the sexual exploitation of minors.
Pending sentencing, the court has ordered that Brooks remain on bond and that he immediately register in Pennsylvania as a sex offender under the provisions of the federal Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Carolyn J. Bloch is prosecuting this case on behalf of the government, the spokeswoman said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation conducted the investigation that led to the prosecution of Brooks.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006.
Originally published April 09, 2021.