City man sentenced to prison

Boyd accused of distributing child pornography

An Altoona man has been sentenced in federal court in Johnstown to almost seven years in prison and 10 years’ probation for distribution of child pornography, U.S. Attorney Scott W. Brady announced Thurs­day.

U.S. District Judge Kim R. Gibson imposed the sentence on Kenneth Scott Boyd, 35, of 611 Crawford Ave. The incarceration portion of the sentence was set at 80 months, the equivalent of six years and eight months.

According to information presented to the court on June 2, 2016, Boyd distributed material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor. Graphic computer files were shipped or transported in interstate or foreign commerce.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie L. Haines prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.

Brady commended the Laurel Highlands Resident Agency of the FBI and the Altoona Police Department for the investigation that led to the successful prosecution.

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 U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Ex­ploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Child­hood, visit www.justice.gov /psc.

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