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Eastern District of Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

New York Accomplice of Former Chestnut Hill Private School Teacher Arrested and Charged with Child Pornography Offenses

PHILADELPHIA – United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Kray Strange, 19, of Carthage, NY, was arrested earlier today and charged by federal Criminal Complaint with manufacturing and distributing child pornography, and willfully causing and aiding and abetting the manufacture and distribution of child pornography.

Strange was arrested after the FBI executed a federal search warrant at his residence. He made his initial appearance in federal court in the Northern District of New York this afternoon, and will be detained pending his removal to Philadelphia to face the charges in this Complaint. 

The charges stem from the defendant’s alleged involvement in an online catfishing scheme with former Springside Chestnut Hill Academy teacher Andrew Wolf, which they operated for more than a year during 2020 and 2021. According to the Complaint, Strange targeted school-age boys on social media platforms while impersonating a teenage girl in order to entice the boys to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves and send them to Strange, who then shared them with Wolf via the internet.

Strange’s co-conspirator, Wolf, was arrested in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania on October 7, 2021, and remains in federal custody.

“As alleged in the Criminal Complaint, the defendant communicated with children for the purpose of sexually exploiting their innocence,” said U.S. Attorney Williams. “The convenience and accessibility of digital communications, coupled with the ease with which child sexual exploitation crimes can be concealed online, make these cases extremely difficult to investigate and prosecute. However, our Office and our law enforcement partners are committed to doing this difficult work in order to hold child sexual predators accountable.”

If convicted, the defendant faces a maximum possible sentence of 40 years’ imprisonment.

The case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.

An indictment, information, or criminal complaint is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Project Safe Childhood
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UNITED STATES ATTORNEY’S OFFICE EASTERN DISTRICT OF PENNSYLVANIA 615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1250 Philadelphia, PA 19106 JENNIFER CRANDALL Media Contact 215-861-8300 If you have not done so already, follow @USAO_EDPA and @USAttyWilliams on Twitter to get the most up-to-date information about big cases and community news.
Updated January 5, 2022