Warren man jailed on child porn charges

A Warren man was sentenced on Friday on charges stemming from the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Christian Imperial, 20, will spend a minimum of 11 months in the Warren County Jail and 40 years as a Megan’s Law sexual offender as a result of Friday’s sentencing on charges of disseminate photo/film of child sex acts, child pornography and criminal use of a communications facility, all third-degree felonies.

Imperial was arrested last July after a three-month investigation by the Pennsylvania State Attorney General’s office into the online sharing and distribution of child pornography.

According to a complaint filed at the time of the arrest, agents successfully downloaded files depicting children under the age of 18 engaged in sexually graphic acts and poses. The computer’s internet protocol (IP) address was identified as serving Imperial’s residence.

Agents from the Office of the Attorney General’s Child Predator Section and officers from the City of Warren Police Department searched Imperial’s residence and seized a desktop computer with two hard drives. The computer’s hard drives allegedly contained hundreds of files of child pornography.

Imperial was sentenced to 11 months to two years less one day on both of the sexual offenses, but the periods of incarceration will run concurrently.

For the charge of disseminate photo/film of child sex acts, he was sentenced to the period of incarceration, as well as three years probation, a $1,000 fine and $625 in fees. He was ordered to submit a DNA sample, participate in sexual offender counseling, have no unsupervised visits with individuals under the age of 18 and have no internet while on probation. This offense is a Tier II Megan’s Law sexual offense, bringing with it a 25-year registration period.

On the count of child pornography, in addition to the period of incarceration, he was fined $1,000 and ordered to pay $200 in fees. This offense is categorized under Tier I of the Megan’s Law offense, meaning Imperial will be required to register as a sexual offender for the next 40 years.

He was sentenced to an additional three years of probation, to be served consecutively, as well as a $1,000 fine on the criminal use of a communications facility charge.