PITTSBURGH – A resident of Washington and Duncansville, Pennsylvania, was sentenced in federal court for three counts of production and attempted production of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor, United States Attorney Cindy K. Chung announced today.
United States District Judge Robert J. Colville sentenced Jacob Kolonis, age 29, to 240 months’ imprisonment (20 years) followed by 10 years of supervised release and ordered that he pay restitution totaling $9,000 to his minor victims.
During Kolonis’ plea hearing on February 9, 2022, Kolonis admitted to threatening seven minor females with the intent to extort them for nude and sexually explicit images. On three of these occasions, Kolonis threatened the minors to create and send videos of themselves engaged in sexually explicit conduct over Snapchat, as directed by Kolonis. Kolonis admitted to extorting the minors for his own sexual gratification.
Prior to imposing sentence, Judge Coleville acknowledged that Kolonis had engaged in exceptionally serious conduct and recognized the immense impact of Kolonis’ crime on his victims.
Assistant United States Attorney Heidi M. Grogan prosecuted this case on behalf of the government.
United States Attorney Chung commended Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General–Child Predator Unit, the Bethel Park Police Department, the South Fayette Township Police Department, and the Stark County Sheriff’s Office (Ohio) for the investigation leading to the successful prosecution 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 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.justice.gov/psc.