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Buffalo Man Sentenced To Prison For Receiving 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 Joshua Zak, 41, of Buffalo, NY, who was convicted of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to 72 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who handled the case, stated that in September 2015, Federal Agents searched Zak’s residence after determining he had accessed a site on the dark web dedicated to the exploitation of children. Agents seized various electronics, and a forensic examination revealed that the defendant was in possession of over 100,000 images and videos of child pornography.  Zak was released on bail, and in March 2017, was again found in possession of over 500 images of child pornography.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

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Updated April 4, 2019

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