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Ex-sports official charged with child pornography

| Saturday, May 5, 2012, 12:26 a.m.

An Allegheny County man who had worked as a sports official in Westmoreland County has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of distribution, receipt of and possession of child pornography.

Harold James Stancliffe, 58, of 211 Penn St. Rear, Verona, was named in the three-count indictment.

According to the indictment, Stancliffe received and distributed child pornography on Sept. 6 and 7, 2005. On Sept. 28, he was found in possession of materials depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen R. Kaufman, who presented the case to the grand jury, indicated the law provides for a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison, a fine of $750,000, or both.

Stancliffe was charged in October with 43 counts of sexual abuse of children, 43 counts of criminal use of a communication facility, and possession of prohibited offensive weapons.

Greensburg police said they discovered 43 movies on Stancliffe's computer depicting minor children in sexual acts.

Stancliffe worked as a baseball, football and basketball official in Pittsburgh's eastern suburbs and Westmoreland County.

An indictment is only a charge and is not evidence of guilt.

Greensburg police conducted the investigation leading to the indictment. With the indictment, Westmoreland County authorities expect to drop their charges.

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