Cumberland County man hit with federal child porn charges

02 February 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Timothy Laird Boatman, age 39, of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania was indicted yesterday by a federal grand jury with child pornography offenses.

According to U.S. Attorney Gerard M. Karam, the indictment charges Boatman with multiple counts of sexually exploiting children to produce child pornography and coercing and enticing children to do the same. The offenses occurred between March 1, 2023 and July 1, 2023, in Cumberland County.

The case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations.  Assistant U.S. Attorney K. Wesley Mishoe prosecuted the 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. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit  www.usdoj.gov/psc.

The maximum penalty upon conviction for the charged offenses is life imprisonment, a lifetime term of supervised release following imprisonment, a fine, a statutory assessment, and a special assessment. A sentence following a finding of guilt is imposed by a judge after consideration of the applicable federal sentencing statutes and the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. 

Indictments are only allegations. All persons charged are presumed to be innocent unless and until found guilty in court.