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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Akron Man Going To Prison For 30 Years For Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Joshua A. Schohn, 32, of Akron, NY, who was convicted by a federal jury of two counts of production of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison and 20 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that the mother of two girls reported in March 2019, that she had recently discovered child pornography on a laptop computer belonging to her ex-¬boyfriend, Schohn. In addition, the complainant stated that Schohn took nude videos of her daughters, then eight and six years old (Victim 1 and Victim 2). Schohn was arrested by the New York State Police on charges of assault and possession of a sexual performance by a child.

During the course of the investigation, state and federal investigators determined that Schohn’s laptop contained more than 5,000 images and videos of child pornography. Investigators also learned that, during an October 2018 trip to a water park in Erie, Pennsylvania, Schohn had produced child pornography involving Victims 1 and 2. Schohn admitted to New York State Police Investigators that he had been collecting child pornography for five years.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Office, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski. 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated December 7, 2022