DINGMANS FERRY - The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that a 49-year-old Dingmans Ferry resident was indicted Tuesday May 14 by a federal grand jury in Scranton for receiving and distributing child pornography.

According to United States Attorney Peter J. Smith, Richard A. Lewis, is charged with using a computer between January and May of 2013, to receive and distribute child pornography.

The indictment of Lewis stems from an investigation by special agents of Homeland Security Investigations and Provincial Police from Ontario, Canada.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about internet safety education, please visit

www.usdoj.gov/pscand click on the tab "resources."The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Francis P. Sempa.