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A West Mifflin man has been sentenced in federal court to 72 months' imprisonment, followed by 15 years supervised release, on a charge of distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, U.S. Attorney David J. Hickton said today.
United States District Judge Mark R. Hornak imposed the sentence on Paul Robert Fike, 37.
Prosecutors allege that in June 2014, Fike distributed images containing material that depicted sexual acts performed by children. Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
The case was investigated by the FBI, West Mifflin and Allegheny County police, and the Indiana County district attorney's office, a spokeswoman said, This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat child sexual exploitation and abuse.
Court records indicate that Fike faces a trial at 9 a.m. April 7 before Allegheny County Judge Randal B. Todd on charges of invasion of privacy filed by West Mifflin police in relation to a July 2014 incident in which prosecutors accused Fike of photographing someone without their consent.
Originally published March 17, 2016.