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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Buffalo Man Arrested, Charged With Production And

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


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Daniel Huzinec, 23, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie O. Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in December 2014, the defendant shared photographs of male children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a peer to peer website. This conduct included the sexual abuse of male children by adult males and male children engaging in sexual activity with other male children.

On January 27, 2015, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s Marilla St. residence. Numerous items were seized from the residence including a laptop computer. A preliminary forensic analysis located visual depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

It was indicated in Court that Huzinec works at two different organizations involving minor age children: Child and Family Services and the Boy Scouts of America.  Anyone with information regarding Mr. Huzinec is urged to contact the Buffalo Office of Homeland Security Investigations at (716) 565-2039 extension 105, and ask for Special Agent Leroy Oswald.    

The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. Huzinec was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for January 29, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

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.

Updated January 29, 2015