Ben Avon man indicted for porn

A Ben Avon man was indicted by a federal grand jury last week on charges that he possessed child pornography.

According to United States Attorney David J. Hickton, a three-count indictment was handed down against Charles Appel, 71, of Church Avenue. An indictment is an accusation of criminal conduct and the person indicted is presumed innocent until proven guilty at trial or though a plea.

According to the indictment, Appel, on Feb. 21, 2011, received by United States mail a video that depicted the sexual exploitation of a minor. He is further charged with possessing, on Oct. 11 and 12, 2012, images and videos on DVDs and in computer graphics files that depicted the sexual exploitation of minors.

The United States Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

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.


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