20-year sentence in child-porn case

Posted: October 02, 2012

PITTSBURGH - A Western Pennsylvania man who extorted sexual photos from teens by using a young female relative's cellphone and Facebook identity was sentenced Monday to 20 years in federal prison.

The defense attorney for Russell Freed, 44, of Brentwood, had argued for leniency, claiming his client was wrongly being made an example of under child-pornography laws. But U.S. District Judge Terrence McVerry agreed with prosecutors that Freed's means of collecting the images warranted the harsh sentence, to be followed by probation for life and a requirement that Freed register as a sex offender.

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