Batavia man pleads guilty to child pornography charge
BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jeffrey Wawrzyniak, 40, of Batavia, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Leslie G. Foschio to possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Russell T. Ippolito, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that during the execution of a search warrant at the defendant’s home in Batavia, law enforcement officers recovered more than 750 graphic files of child pornography and four and four video files. The search warrant was obtained after law enforcement officers, using an undercover computer with peer to peer software, downloaded several image files of child pornography from Wawrzyniak’s computer.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-In-Charge James C. Spero.A sentencing date has not been scheduled.