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Buffalo Man Charged With Production And 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 William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Duke Jimenez, 33, of Buffalo, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in September 2015, Buffalo Police learned that Jimenez sexually abused a four year old girl (Victim 1) he had been babysitting since 2012. In addition, the defendant took pictures of the girl with his cellular telephone. Jimenez was arrested by Buffalo Police on multiple charges.

In October 2015, Buffalo Police interviewed Victim 1’s older brother who told officers the defendant would take the girl into an upstairs bedroom alone and close the door. The brother also told officers he heard screaming and crying from the bedroom. He also observed that when his sister came out of the bedroom, she was crying and sad.

In November 2015, Buffalo Police interviewed Victim l's aunt, who was the girlfriend of the defendant. She stated that she and Jimenez have been babysitting Victim 1 since she was six-months-old and that based on her work schedule, the defendant was alone with Victim 1 approximately 100 times. The aunt also told officers about several suspicious incidents including a time that she stopped at home unannounced and saw Jimenez standing at the top of the stairs.  The aunt asked where Victim 1 was and the defendant said she was in the bathroom. However, the aunt observed Victim 1exit the bedroom.

On March 10, 2016, Buffalo Police obtained a search warrant for the cell phone. A subsequent review revealed that the phone contained an SD memory card. A review of the card revealed 14 images of child pornography depicting Victim 1. 

Jimenez made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer. The defendant is detained pending a detention hearing on March 24, 2016 at 11:00 a.m.  

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen. The task force includes the Buffalo Police Department, Cheektowaga Police Department, and Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Updated March 21, 2016