2 Delco men face federal child porn charges

An indictment was unsealed on Friday, April 15, charging two Delaware County men with numerous child exploitation charges, U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger announced in a press release.

Daniel Mattson, 34, of Springfield, and Anthony Lembo, 33, of Newtown Square,  were arrested Friday morning by FBI agents.  Following an initial court appearance, they were ordered held pending a formal detention hearing on April 20, the release said.

According to the indictment, on various dates between 2009 and April 2015, Mattson and Lembo distributed, received, and maintained a collection of thousands of images and videos of children being sexually abused and in sexually explicit positions.  It is further alleged that Lembo received the same type of sexually explicit images of children that he downloaded from the Internet and received from other users on the Internet.

If convicted of all charges, each defendant faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison with a maximum sentence, per count, of 20 years in prison, a possible fine, a period of supervised release, and a special assessment.

The case, which was investigated by Delaware County Detectives and the FBI, was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.

Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood,  visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

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