Posted: Apr 28, 2014 1:23 PM EST Updated: Apr 28, 2014 1:25 PM EST
A Catholic priest has been sentenced in federal court to 36 months in prison following his conviction of possession of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.
United States Attorney David J. Hickton says that David Dzermejko, 65, of Braddock, Pennsylvania possessed more than 100 photographs in computer graphics files depicting the sexual exploitation of pubescent and prepubescent boys.
The child pornography was found on various computers and computer-related equipment taken from Dzermejko’s former residence in Pittsburgh following the execution of a search warrant.
Hickton says that Dzermejko had been viewing child pornography for more than 10 years, and had acquired the images online from various websites, and had traveled on numerous occasions to Thailand where he engaged in sexual encounters with teen boys, some of whom he thereafter maintained an online relationship with.
After completing his sentence, Dzermejko will be placed on probation for 12 years.
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.