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Blasdell Man Sentenced To Decade In Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

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

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Robert Michalewski, 55, of Blasdell, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, after having sustained a conviction for child sexual abuse, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, and 5 years of supervised release, by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who is handling the case, stated that, after receiving a tip of suspected child pornography from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) traced the suspected child pornography to the defendant.  On May 24, 2019, investigators executed a search warrant at Michalewski's residence on South Park Avenue in Blasdell. Several items were seized, including a desktop computer, cell phone, laptop computers, external hard drives, DVDs, thumb drives, internal hard drives, VHS tapes, and literature.  An initial examination of some of the electronics recovered suspected images and videos of child pornography. Some of the images depicted prepubescent minors and acts of violence.  Michalewski was previously convicted in February 2018 of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child in Erie County Court and sentenced to a conditional discharge, which remains pending.
The sentence is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, Child Exploitation Unit, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.  

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Updated July 15, 2020

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