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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, October 27, 2022

Brighton High School Teacher Arrested, Charged With Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Louis Carusone, 44, of Webster, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years in prison. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 10, 2022, Carusone, a high school physics teacher in the Brighton School District, shared a video and images containing child pornography in an online peer-to-peer file-sharing network, which were downloaded by an undercover law enforcement officer. Between October 14 and 15, 2022, the officer downloaded more files containing child pornography that were shared from Carusone’s IP address.

On October 21, 2022, investigators executed a search warrant at Carusone’s Webster residence and seized multiple devices including a tablet, SD cards, a laptop, desktop computers and phones. A preliminary review of one of the cell phones seized recovered 11 videos that Carusone appears to have recorded himself, between August 16 and October 13, 2022. It appears that he surreptitiously recorded and photographed female students in his classroom. Carusone also appears to have surreptitiously recorded both minors and adults in public places, to include what appears to be a water park, where he recorded both adults and children in bathing suits. In addition, a preliminary review of one of the desktop computers recovered approximately 2,030 images and 21 videos of child pornography.

Members of the public who have specific information related to this case are urged to contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation at (585) 279-0085.

Carusone made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and was released on conditions, to include electronic monitoring.

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

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 October 27, 2022