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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 18, 2013

Akron Man Indicted on Charges of Child Pornography

BUFFALO, N.Y.– U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a
federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Michael A. Taschetta, 54, of
Akron, N.Y., with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum
penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that
according to the indictment, the defendant downloaded images of child pornography from
the internet utilizing a peer-to-peer software application.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents
of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the
direction of James C. Spero, Special Agent in Charge.

The fact that the defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation
and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.