PITTSBURGH – A resident of Washington and Duncansville, Pennsylvania has been convicted in federal court of three counts of producing and attempting to produce material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, it was announced today US attorney Cindy K. Chung.
United States District Judge Robert J. Colville sentenced 29-year-old Jacob Kolonis to 240 months (20 years) imprisonment followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered that he pay full restitution of $9,000 to his underage victims.
During Kolonis’ plea hearing on February 9, 2022, Kolonis admitted to threatening seven underage women with the intention of extorting nude and sexually explicit images from them. On three of those occasions, Kolonis threatened the minors to create and upload videos of themselves engaging in sexually explicit conduct on Snapchat, as directed by Kolonis. Kolonis admitted to extorting the minors for his own sexual gratification.
Before imposing his sentence, Judge Coleville acknowledged that Kolonis had engaged in exceptionally serious conduct and acknowledged the immense impact of Kolonis’ crime on his victims.
Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted the case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Chung commended Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office – Child Predator Unit, Bethel Park Police Department, South Fayette Township Police Department and the Stark County, Ohio Sheriff’s Office for the investigation. in successful pursuit of Kolonis.
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 Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit child sexual abuse, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about the Safe Childhood Project, please visit www.justice.gov/psc.