Indian-origin man charged with possessing child pornography

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A 29-year old Indian-origin man has been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of producing and possessing material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Mukesh Khawas of Pittsburgh was named in the three-count indictment, US Attorney David Hickton said.

He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment on child pornography counts and a fine of USD 765,000, along with a lifetime term of supervised release.

According to the indictment, Khawas knowingly received images and produced visual depictions and images of the sexual exploitation of a minor.

The indictment further alleges that the images he had involved the use of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, some of whom had not yet attained 12 years of age.

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