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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 20, 2020

Alexander Man Arrested, Charged With Production Of Child Pornography

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Brown, 40, of Alexander, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 30 years, imprisonment and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that in April 2020, a law enforcement officer working online undercover discovered a sexually explicit video, which included a pre-pubescent female who appeared to be between 9 and 11 years old. The IP address was traced to the defendant’s Dodgeson Road residence in Alexander. On July 17, 2020, a federal search warrant was executed at the residence. Investigators seized several items, including three cellular telephones and a computer. In addition, a DVD was recovered that contained explicit video of child pornography that was allegedly produced by the defendant using a hidden camera his bathroom. In addition, investigators recovered four firearms, including two rifles and two pistols, and ammunition.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being detained.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

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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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 20, 2020