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Albion man arrested, charged with production of child pornography

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Norman Kelly, 66, of Albion, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography, which carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 20, 2023, Kelly arrived at the Port of Detroit Metropolitan Airport in Romulus, Michigan, on a flight from Incheon, South Korea. During an inspection of his baggage, Kelly removed a cellular phone from his pocket, and had a computer bag, which contained a laptop computer, and four USB thumb drives. Due to a lack of eye contact during questioning, inconsistencies in his travel story, and nervous behavior, the devices were authorized to be examined. A Customs and Border Protection officer examined the cell phone, laptop and one of the thumb drives and discovered what appeared to be suspected child pornography. The phone, laptop and thumb drives were seized, and a subsequent forensic review recovered 530 image files and six video files of child pornography.

Kelly made an initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Michael J. Roemer and was held pending a detention hearing.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino. Additional assistance was provided by Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations in Detroit, Michigan.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.     

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Barbara Burns


Updated February 14, 2024

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