2015-03-18 / State

Man charged with child rape also faces federal charges

Associated Press

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A western Pennsylvania man jailed on Pennsylvania charges that he repeatedly raped two teenage girls pleaded not guilty Tuesday to related federal child pornography charges that accuse him of taking dozens of sexually suggestive cellphone pictures of the girls.

David Kinteay Carson, 37, of Uniontown was ordered by a federal magistrate to remain jailed until he can stand trial on the three federal counts of producing child pornography of the 13- and 15-year-old girls and one charge of possession of child pornography. The three counts each carry a mandatory minimum prison sentence of 15 years, and each carries a 30-year maximum. The possession charge carries up to 10 years.

A state child pornography charge will be dismissed now that federal authorities are prosecuting that part of the case.

Carson, wearing a jumpsuit from the Fayette County Prison, where he’s been housed on the state charges, didn’t comment. Afterward, public defender Thomas Livingston declined comment.

Uniontown police said the sexual assaults began last March and they began investigating in December after Uniontown Area School District officials notified police after they received certain information, which police did not specify.

One of the girls testified at a preliminary hearing on the state charges that Carson made her use eye drops “because she was crying so hard” after one assault. Police contend Carson apologized and offered one girl $20 to not report him and, on another occasion, threatened to shoot or kill the girls’ families if they told on him.

Police contend Carson acknowledged assaulting the girls and using a cellphone to take nude photos of them.

“This is clearly a crime of violence, and the defendant is a danger to the community,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar said in arguing that Carson remain in jail.

Through his attorney, Carson waived his right to a hearing on whether he should remain in jail.

Smolar said prosecutors have turned over to the defense 37 images Carson allegedly took of the girls. She said the girls appeared to have been “posed” for the photos.

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