McConnellsburg man sentenced to 20 years in federal jail for child sexual exploitation

01 February 2024- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Kenneth W. Harr, age 54, formerly of McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Court Judge Jennifer P. Wilson to serve 20 years’ imprisonment, 15 years of supervised released, and to pay $5,100 in financial penalties based upon his previously entered guilty plea to producing images containing the sexual exploitation of a child.   

According to United States Attorney Gerard M. Karam, in June 2021, the victim disclosed to her pastor that Harr had been sexually abusing her since 2016, when she was 14 years old. The abuse was reported to law enforcement authorities and the investigation corroborated the allegations and numerous images of child sexual abuse were found on Harr’s cellphone.

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  www.usdoj.gov/psc.