Former Mercer man sentenced on child porn charges

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PITTSBURGH, Pa. (WKBN) — A former Mercer County man was sentenced Friday to 40 years in prison on federal child pornography charges.

Earl Warner, 56, formerly of Brandy Springs Apartments in Mercer, was convicted on charges of production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

According to federal prosecutors, Warner employed, used, persuaded, induced, enticed, and coerced one of three child victims to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing digital photos and videos on five different occasions in June and July of 2011.

Also, on or about April 9, 2012, Warner possessed visual images and videos in computer files, the production of which involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, on two memory cards seized during the execution of a search warrant at his home.

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.

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