Spartansburg man indicted for child exploitation

A Spartansburg man has been indicted on charges of sexual exploitation of children.

According to the U.S. Attorneys Office, Western District of Pennsylvania, Michael Robert Heinrich, 67, is accused of taking sexually explicit photos of two children under the age of five and possessing computer images of other minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.

The indictment includes 16 counts and Heinrich faces a maximum combined sentence of 470 years in prison, a fine of $4 million, or both. “Under the Federal Sentencing Guidelines, the actual sentence imposed would be based upon the seriousness of the offenses and the prior criminal history, if any, of the defendant,” according to a release from U.S. Attorney Scott Brady.

Assistant United States Attorney Christian A. Trabold is prosecuting the case.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Pennsylvania State Police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment in this case.

“The 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,” according to the release. The project brings federal, state, and local resources together to “locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.”

Further information about Project Safe Childhood is available by visiting www.justice.gov/psc.

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