A former resident of Illinois has been sentenced in federal court to 48 months in jail and seven years’ supervised release on his conviction of violating federal laws relating to the sexual exploitation of children, according to an announcement by United States Attorney David J. Hickton.
United States District Judge Sean J. McLaughlin imposed the sentence on Ponmuthukumar Thangevelu, 35 years of age.
According to information presented to the court, Thangevelu, an Indian national in the United States on a work visa, traveled to Corry, Pennsylvania from Illinois for the purpose of meeting a 14-year-old victim and engaging in illicit sexual conduct.
Authorities said that Thangevelu had initially met the victim on the Internet. Upon arrival in Corry in December 2009, Thangevelu was taken into custody. As part of his plea, Thangevelu agreed to forfeit his vehicle and a mobile device to the United States.
Launched in February 2006, Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.