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

Friday, October 7, 2016

Cheektowaga Man Charged With Possession 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 Robert Acker, 34, of Cheektowaga, NY, was charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography depicting minors less than 12 years of age. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen, Jr., who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on September 1, 2016, the Federal Bureau of Investigation executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and seized several electronic devices and DVDs. A forensic examination revealed that Acker was in possession of more than 7,000 images of child pornography, some of which depict prepubescent children less than 12 years of age.

Acker made an initial appearance this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr., and was ordered to abide by the conditions of the Home Confinement Program, which requires that he be electronically monitored.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Violent Crimes Against Children program, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Adam S. Cohen.
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 October 11, 2016