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Acting U.S. Attorney Charges Former Westchester Resident With Distributing And Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of New York

Joon H. Kim, the Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, the Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in New York City (“HSI”), announced today the arrest and filing of charges against ANUPAM BISWASThe Complaint charges that BISWAS distributed child pornography on January 11, 2017, from a computer in Westchester County and possessed child pornography on February 17, 2017.  BISWAS was presented today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith C. McCarthy in White Plains federal court.


According to the Complaint[1], in or about January 2017, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office’s High Technology Crime Squad (“HTCS”), using investigative software, downloaded child pornography from an IP address in Westchester, New York.  On February 17, 2017, HTCS executed a search warrant of BISWAS’s address in Westchester, New York.  BISWAS was present and identified two external hard drives as belonging to him.  HTCS seized several digital items, including a Western Digital Hard Drive that was found to contain thousands of images and videos of child pornography.   


BISWAS, 46, is charged with one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.  He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each of the two charged counts.  The statutory maximum penalties are prescribed by Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant would be determined by the judge.


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


Mr. Kim praised the efforts of Homeland Security Investigations, the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, the Westchester District Attorney’s Office’s High Technology Crime Squad, and the Briarcliff Manor Police Department.  


The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains Division.  Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge of the prosecution.  


[1] As the introductory phrase signifies, the entirety of the text of the Complaint, and the description of the Complaint set forth herein, constitute only allegations, and every fact described should be treated as an allegation.

Updated November 15, 2017

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Press Release Number: 17-367