Child-porn sentencing for Youngwood man focuses on violent history, interest in Insane Clown Posse

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A Youngwood man was sentenced today to six years and eight months in prison for possession of child pornography following a hearing that focused on his history of violence and affinity for the band Insane Clown Posse.

Joshua Gildea, 26, was arrested a year ago when Greensburg police, after tracking online activity, executed a search warrant on the house he shared with his mother. They found more than 1,000 images and 125 videos depicting sex acts involving young girls.

Sentencing guidelines suggest about eight years in prison. U.S. District Judge Gustave Diamond said he sometimes views those as extreme, but this time he "must consider the fact that the defendant has had a history of violence."

Gildea, according to the judge's pre-sentence rulings, has "convictions for violent conduct such as harassment that involved swinging a meat cleaver at two people, disorderly conduct that involved pointing a gun at two people and yelling that he would shoot them, and terroristic threats that involved approaching a family with baseball bats, threatening to kill them and burn down their house."

Gildea pleaded that he was in the process of deleting the child pornography and was trying to change.

"For the last two years, all I've done is try to change my life" by going to community college and working, he said. "I dropped every friend that I had."

Assistant U.S. attorney Jessica Lieber Smolar brought in evidence from the search, including brass knuckles, a knife and notebooks replete with lyrics calling for the deaths of law enforcement personnel, apparently modeled on those of Insane Clown Posse.

"The followers of this band are very violent," she said.

Gildea's brother, military policeman Daniel Gildea, said he gave his younger sibling Insane Clown Posse albums nearly two decades ago but called the band irrelevant to the crime.

He said he knows doctors, lawyers and soldiers who listen to the band, "and none of them have any criminal history."

After his prison sentence, Gildea faces 10 years of probation.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord. First Published July 17, 2013 12:45 AM


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