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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, February 18, 2016

Couple Sentenced For Production Of Child Pornography

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051
 
ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Alfred Dasilva, 47, of Greece, NY and Sharon Sexton, 46, of Gates, NY, who were convicted of production of child pornography were sentenced by Chief U.S. District Court Judge Frank P. Geraci. Dasilva received 250 months in prison and Sexton 190 month in prison. Both defendants were also sentenced to 25 years supervised release and will have to register as sex offenders upon release from prison. 
 
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that the investigation began when a school resource officer employed by the Gates Police Department was informed by a school official that Sexton was taking nude photos of a female student. The ensuing investigation determined that Sexton sent these photos to her boyfriend, Alfred Dasilva. Sexton was interviewed by law enforcement and admitted to both taking the photos and then sending them to Dasilva. She told officers that she took the photos and sent them to Dasilva because he asked her to, and that Dasilva used the naked photos to “fantasize.”  

Federal investigators examined Dasilva’s cellphone and also located a video of a child performing oral sex on Dasilva. Sexton admitted to being the person who took the video. Several online chats were also recovered from the cellphone in which Sexton and Dasilva graphically discussed engaging in sexual conduct with children.

The defendants were also charged in State Court related to sexual activity with a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Those charge remain pending.

The sentencings are the culmination of a joint investigation by the Gates Police Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force consisting of the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department, the Greece Police Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations.

Updated February 18, 2016