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Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, May 1, 2020

Western Massachusetts Man Charged with Traveling and Intending to Meet Minor for Sex

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Bryan P. Krynicki, age 56, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with traveling across state lines with the intent to engage in a sexual act with a minor. 

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Susan Ferensic, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 

The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The criminal complaint alleges that between February 7, 2020 and April 29, 2020, Krynicki exchanged text messages with an undercover investigator who was posing as a 14-year old boy.  Many of the messages sent by Krynicki involved Krynicki expressing his desire to engage in sexual acts with the boy.  In April 2020, Krynicki and the boy discussed plans in which Krynicki would travel from Massachusetts in order to meet the boy at a location in Nassau, New York. On the morning of April 29, 2020, Krynicki drove from Pittsfield to Nassau, where he was encountered by law enforcement officials and arrested. 

Krynicki appeared today for a detention hearing before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel, who ordered him detained. 

The charge filed against Krynicki carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. 

This case is being investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel Williams. 

This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice/gov/psc/.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 1, 2020