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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Cheektowaga Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joseph Kurowski, 23, of Cheektowaga, NY, plead guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum sentence 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 in the spring of 2015, Kurowski began communicating via text message with a 17-year-old female. The text messages were sexually explicit in nature. On April 10, 2015, the defendant asked her to send him a sexually explicit photograph which she then sent via text message. Kurowski was aware that she was a minor at the time he received this image. 

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, Special Agent-In-Charge and the Blasdell Police Department, under the direction of Lieutenant Joseph Gramaglia.                                   

Sentencing is scheduled for March 7, 2017, at 9:00 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

Updated December 1, 2016