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Former Brooklyn School Teacher Charged With 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 William F. Sweeney Jr., Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), announced the arrest of CRAIG ROFFMAN stemming from his possession of child pornography. ROFFMAN, who previously worked as a school teacher in Brooklyn, was arrested yesterday and presented before United States Magistrate Judge James C. Francis IV in Manhattan.


Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said: “As alleged, Craig Roffman, a former teacher, was arrested yesterday in possession of thousands of electronic files containing child pornography. Together with the FBI, we are committed to protecting children by prosecuting those who sexually exploit them.”


FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge William F. Sweeney Jr. said: “How anyone can view a toddler or a baby in a sexual manner boggles the mind. Speaking as a parent to all other parents, we are the first line of defense for children who are barely able to feed themselves, let alone speak up when an adult abuses them in such grotesque ways. If you believe your child came into contact with this subject, please call the FBI immediately at 212-384-5000.”


According to the Complaint[1] unsealed yesterday in federal court:


On September 14, 2017, law enforcement agents executing a search warrant searched ROFFMAN’s apartment and recovered electronic and hard copies of child pornography, including but not limited to two thumb drives containing approximately 3,000 files of child pornography. The child pornography recovered from ROFFMAN’s residence includes images involving infants and numerous depictions of prepubescent children engaged in sexual activity with adults.


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CRAIG ROFFMAN, 41, of Manhattan, New York, is charged with one count of possession of child pornography, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.


Any individuals who believe they have information concerning CRAIG ROFFMAN that may be relevant to the investigation should contact the United States Attorney’s Office through its toll-free hotline at 212-637-0650.


Mr. Kim praised the FBI for its outstanding investigative work.


This case is being handled by the Office’s General Crimes Unit. Assistant United States Attorney Jessica Greenwood is in charge of the prosecution.


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


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

Updated September 15, 2017

Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 17-295