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Pa. Ambulance Operator Sentenced for Child Porn

CHESCO, Pa. — The owner of a Chester County ambulance company was sentenced to 80 months in federal prison for trading child pornography on the Internet, authorities said Thursday.

Jason Haldeman, 38, the owner of Stat Care Ambulance Service Inc. in West Grove, provided 74 files depicting child porn to an undercover agent in Delaware, authorities said.

When federal agents raided his home and office on Jan. 20, 2011, they found 16,000 child-pornography files, including 3,000 movies. Haldeman, of Landenberg, was part of a trading network with 150 members.

During the investigation following his arrest, agents uncovered allegations that Haldeman had molested two boys — ages 8 and 12 — when he was a teenager. The Pennsylvania State Police investigated the allegations in 1998, but no charges were filed.

However, U.S. District Judge Richard G. Andrews found the allegations credible and factored them into the sentence, authorities said.

Haldeman, who was sentenced Wednesday, must serve five years of supervised release following his prison sentence and will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was handled by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations directorate.