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Pittsburgh doctor pleads guilty of child porn

Mark Janosko
Mark Janosko
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Pittsburg physician pleads guilty to child porn

According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, a family doctor on Monday admitted that he downloaded thousands of child pornography files. The doctor, Mark Janosko, 48, was with the West Penn Associates, pleaded guilty to a single count of receiving child pornography. U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak has scheduled his sentencing for October. 9, 2014. The FBI, stated that on July 3, 2013, Janosko received images containing material depicting the sexual exploitation of minors. Dr. Janosko is a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. According to the Pennsylvania Department of State website, Janosko’s medical license has been suspended.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation stated that Janosko had more than 600 images of child pornography, many involving boys ages 5 to 14, including some with sadistic or masochistic content. These images because of their graphic nature will bring enhanced punishment which will bring a sentence of possibly of 12 years or more.

Mike Manko, a spokesman for Pittsburgh’s District Attorney's office, said there is no evidence Janosko had any inappropriate contact with his younger patients. The criminal complaint filed by Pittsburgh detectives stated that Janosko admitted that he had been "viewing and downloading child pornography on and off for years." It also stated that Janosko thought he can control the illegal habit. The complaint also states that Janosko that although he knew that viewing and downloading child pornography is illegal and that it didn’t interfered with his daily life and "he doesn't feel that he is a risk."

According to documents relating to the criminal offense, Investigators traced the illegal downloads to Dr. Janosko after a detective in the Indiana County district attorney's office who monitors online file sharing services that are used by people who share and download child pornography had noticed the doctor's downloads on July 3 and contacted Allegheny County authorities.

According to the FBI, the arrest was brought as a 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. The nationwide plan was launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to reduce the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. The project was led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshal federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children and to identify and rescue victims.

Janosko faces up to 20 years in prison and a fine of $250000.00. The prison term will depend on a few different factors such as the severity of the act, whether the defendant has any other criminal history and the types of images involved.