Mechanicsburg man pleads guilty to child porn charges

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HARRISBURG, Pa.–A Mechanicsburg man plead guilty Tuesday to receiving child pornography, according to the United States Attorney’s office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania.

John Alexander Driscoll, 60, admitted to receiving images depicting the sexual exploitation of children, according to United States Attorney Bruce D. Brandler. After obtaining a search warrant, federal law enforcement officers located thousands of images and movies containing child pornography in Driscoll’s possession.

Driscoll was a 1987 subject of a United States Postal Inspection Service child exploitation operation where he was arrested and convicted of mailing and receiving child pornography. As such, the maximum penalty under federal law for this offense is 40 years’ imprisonment, a term of supervised release following imprisonment, and a $250,000 fine. In addition, this offense carries a mandatory term of imprisonment of 15 years.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.