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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Akron Man Pleads Guilty To Posession Of Child Pornography

 BUFFALO, N.Y. B U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Michael A. Taschetta, 55, of Akron, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, to 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 the defendant downloaded images of child pornography from the internet, some of which included graphic depictions of children under 12 years old engaged in sexual conduct. Taschetta downloaded child pornography  onto his computer utilizing a peer-to-peer software application. 

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, Special Agent in Charge.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 27, 2014 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.