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

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Cheektowaga Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charges

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, 26, of Cheektowaga, NY, pleaded guilty to distributing and possessing child pornography involving prepubescent children, before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The charges carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that on October 16, 2015, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence following an investigation that the defendant was utilizing a peer-to-peer network to distribute child pornography. Several items of computer equipment was seized from the residence. A forensic analysis revealed in excess of 60,000 images of child pornography and 23 videos of child pornography.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam Cohen, Special Agent in Charge along with the City of Buffalo Police Department, under the direction of Commissioner Daniel Derenda.   
Sentencing is scheduled for January 26, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated September 29, 2016