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Buffalo Photographer Pleads Guilty To Production 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 James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Delshawn K. Trueheart, 43, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. to production of child pornography. Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who is handling the case, stated that on March 20, 2019, investigators reviewed an SD memory card seized from Trueheart’s residence during the execution of a federal search warrant. The SD card contained a video shot by the defendant which showed Victim 1 naked in the defendant’s East Delavan Avenue photography studio.

In 2019, Victim 1 reported to the Buffalo Police Department that Trueheart had a sexual relationship with her while she was between approximately 15 and 17 years of age.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Byron Lockwood, and the Buffalo Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 8, 2020, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Sinatra.

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Updated February 5, 2020

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