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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cheektowaga Man Charged With Possession And Distribution Of Child Pornography

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 
BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Alexander Burton Blake, 25, of Cheektowaga, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with distributing and possessing child pornography. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney, Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on October 16, 2015, the defendant was found in possession of a thumb drive that contained more than 3000 images and 23 videos of child pornography. Some of the images included prepubescent children and depictions of violence. In addition, previously on July 14, 2015, an undercover FBI agent downloaded nine images of child pornography from the defendant who utilized a peer-to-peer file sharing program. 

Blake made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and was released on the condition that he remains under home confinement.

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

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 7, 2016