Franklin County Man Charged With Child Exploitation Offenses

HARRISBURG – A Franklin County man is facing 30 years in prison after he was indicted on charges involving the exploitation of minors.

Damion Phillip Gress, age 24, allegedly persuaded and used a minor to produce images of child pornography between August 2015 and October 2016. Gress is also alleged to have received images of child pornography during that time period and to have possessed images of child pornography on August 12, 2019.

The four-count indictment also includes a notice of the Government’s intent to forfeit all images of child pornography and the electronic devices associated with those images.

This 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 For more information about internet safety education, please visit and click on the tab “resources.”