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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Amherst Man Convicted Just Three Months Ago Of A State Child Sex Charge Caught Possessing 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 Gary Todd Baker, 51, of Amherst, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Rudroff, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the defendant was convicted in Erie County Court of possession of a sexual performance by a child under the age of 16 on March 4, 2020.  Baker was designated a level-2 sex offender, and sentenced to 10 years probation. 

On March 12, 2020, eight days into his probation term, Erie County Probation Officers conducting a routine check discovered that the defendant possessed an internet-capable cellular device, as well as empty boxes of printer ink and paper. After questioning Baker, Probation Officers located a bag containing numerous torn-up printed images. Members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force reassembled several of the images and confirmed that they depicted child pornography.  

The defendant made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. 

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, the Erie County Probation Department, under the direction of Commissioner Brian McLaughlin, and the Town of Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief James P. Stauffiger.

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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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 28, 2020