McCandless physician pleads guilty to receiving child pornography

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A McCandless physician pleaded guilty today to receipt of child pornography, and could face a lengthy prison term because of the nature and number of images found on his home computer.

Mark Janosko, 48, was a general practitioner at West Penn Medical Associates in Pittsburgh before charges were filed against him in July. His medical license is now suspended, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State website.

A state police detective investigating the use by some child pornography collectors of the eDonkey file-sharing service observed activity that was traced to Dr. Janosko’s house, according to assistant U.S. attorney Jessica Lieber-Smolar. When state police and a detective with the Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office searched Dr. Janosko’s house and interviewed him, he admitted to collecting child pornography for around a decade. He said he never sexually touched a child -- a contention that he repeated on a polygraph test, which he passed.

Dr. Janosko nonetheless had more than 600 images of child pornography, many involving boys ages 5 to 14, including some with sadistic or masochistic content. That triggers sentencing enhancements resulting in a guideline of more than 12 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Mark Hornak can impose a sentence above or below the guideline.

During his plea hearing, Dr. Janosko admitted to receiving the images, but said he didn’t “know what exact files they’re mentioning" in the receipt charge against him.

Judge Hornak scheduled sentencing for Oct. 9.

Rich Lord: or 412-263-1542. Twitter: @richelord.

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