Blasdell Man Sentenced for Possession of Child Pornography
BUFFALO, N.Y.—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jeremy Marsillo, 30, of Blasdell, N.Y., who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 24 months in prison and five years of supervised release by Chief U.S. District Court Judge William M. Skretny.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that on May 19, 2012, the Hamburg Police Department received a report that the defendant left behind a SIM card at a residence he had been staying at. The report also indicated that the SIM card contained images of child pornography. In addition to the SIM card, Marsillo also had an electronic tablet also containing child pornography. A forensic analysis of the SIM card and the tablet uncovered approximately 100 images of child pornography stored on the SIM card, and an additional 174 images of child pornography stored on the tablet. The defendant obtained these images over the internet. Certain images contained depictions of violence against children.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, Special Agent-In-Charge; and the Town of Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Williams.