According to a release from the Department of Justice and United States Attorney Scott W. Brady Western District of Pennsylvania, an Erie man has been sentenced in federal court to 60 months in jail and $3,000 restitution fees after being convicted of sexual exploitation of children.
District Judge David Cercone imposed the sentence on Jonathan Scott Boynton, 31, of 3420 Clifton Drive, Erie, Pennsylvania was sentenced. According to information presented to the court, Boynton received and possessed computer images and movies depicting prepubescent minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
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.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.justice.gov/psc. Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Brady commended the Department of Homeland Security Investigations for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution of Boynton.