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Huntingdon man gets 20 years for child porn

HARRISBURG — A 23-year-old Huntingdon man accused of encouraging a person to sexually assault an 18-month-old will spend 20 years in prison for receiving child pornography.

Brendon Rothrock was sentenced on Wednesday to 20 years’ imprisonment by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson for receiving child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania said. Rothrock’s sentence also includes 15 years’ supervised release after his jail sentence ends.

U.S. Attorney John C. Gurganus said in February 2018, Rothrock communicated with another individual through Kik Messenger regarding the sexual exploitation of children.

Through those communications, Rothrock encouraged the other individual to sexually assault an 18-month-old girl. The other individual complied and, at Rothrock’s request, sent Rothrock images of the assault.

Rothrock also received hundreds of additional images of child pornography.

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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