Oswego County Man Charged With Distribution of Child Pornography
Arrest Follows Joint Federal and State Investigation
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Richard S. Buffham, 48, of West Monroe, New York, was arrested yesterday on charges of distribution of child pornography following an investigation by Special Agents of the Department of Homeland Security Investigations (“HSI”), the New York State Police-Computer Crime Unit and the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI-Pulaski), announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.
The criminal complaint alleges that from September through November of 2015, Buffham posted files containing child pornography on a social media site.
The defendant appeared yesterday in federal court in Syracuse, New York, before United States Magistrate Judge David E. Peebles and was ordered detained without bail.
If convicted of distributing possessing child pornography, Buffham faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five (5) years imprisonment, a maximum term of 20 years imprisonment, a fine of up to $250,000, a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life, and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Sentences are imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
This case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.