McCandless doctor pleads guilty to receiving child pornography

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A McCandless physician faces an Oct. 9 sentencing for receiving child pornography, following his guilty plea Monday.

Mark Janosko, 48, was a general practitioner at West Penn Medical Associates in Pittsburgh before charges were first filed against him in July. His medical license is now suspended.

A state police detective investigating the use by 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. The nature and number of images trigger sentencing enhancements that result 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.

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