Pa. man sentenced to 30 years in porn case

CRIME WATCH

April 01, 2006|By MATTHEW DOLAN

A Pennsylvania man was sentenced in Baltimore yesterday to a mandatory sentence of 30 years in federal prison, becoming what prosecutors said is one of the first people in the country convicted under a 2003 law on producing child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett sentenced Thomas C. Moser, 37, of Leighton, Pa., to a prison sentence followed by probation for life. In addition, Judge Bennett ordered that Moser must register as a sex offender, have no unsupervised contact with minors and cannot use a computer without approval.

Moser was convicted in January of using the Internet to lure girls to have sex with him. Prosecutors said he responded to a posting in an Internet chat room called "incest" and agreed to travel from Pennsylvania to Frederick to have sex with a man's 14- and 12-year-old daughters, and bring photographic equipment to record the meetings.

The man was a U.S. Postal Service inspector posing as a child trafficker. Moser was arrested in a store in Frederick on Sept. 9.

Moser also was convicted of traveling across state lines to engage in sex with a minor and of using the Internet in an effort to produce child pornography.

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