Feds indict Lebanon County man on charges related to sexual abuse of children

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HARRISBURG, Pa. –  Kerry Edward Tropasso, 35, of Lebanon County, was indicted on Wednesday, November 16, by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on charges relating to the sexual abuse of children.

The indictment alleges that Tropasso used a minor victim to transmit live visual depictions of the minor engaged in sexual activity; coercing and enticing the minor to engage in sexual activity; distributing images depicting the sexual abuse of a minor; and receiving obscene visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children.

Tropasso’s case case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, with assistance from the Lancaster County Detectives Office and the Northern Lebanon Township Police Department.

The 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.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.usdoj.gov/psc For more information about internet safety education, click on the tab “resources.”