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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 7, 2018

California Man Pleads Guilty To Pornography Charge

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Loren Glen Warner, 28, of Fresno, CA, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to production of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, a maximum of 30 years and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that in early January, 2017, the defendant met the 14 year-old victim at her family’s church in Cattaraugus County, NY, and the two began communicating via Facebook and Snapchat. During those communications, Warner, who knew the victim was 14 years-old, began making sexual references and statements, and sent sexually explicit images of himself to the victim. The defendant also asked for and received nude photographs of the victim.

Warner also met a 13 year-old victim at a church in Fresno, California. Over several years, the defendant requested and received child pornography images and videos from that victim as well.

In March 2017, the defendant pleaded guilty to Rape in the Second Degree, and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in Cattaraugus County Court and was sentenced to seven years in prison.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy; and the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Lori Rieman.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 25, 2018, at 12:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

Updated June 8, 2018