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East Aurora man arrested, charged with attempted enticement of a minor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Brian O’Brien, 41, of East Aurora, NY, was arrested in San Diego, CA, and charged by criminal complaint with attempted enticement of a minor and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caitlin M. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, the FBI began investigating O’Brien in June 2023 after he was connected to the uploading of child pornography on Snapchat. A search warrant was executed at his residence in July 2023, during which investigators seized numerous electronic items. A cursory search of an external hard drive confirmed the presence of child pornography on the hard drive, with some images/videos appearing to have been saved roughly 10 years prior. A search of O’Brien’s phone recovered conversations between the defendant and other men, during which they discussed exchanging child pornography and the sexual abuse of children. In addition, during another conversation, O’Brien reaches out to an individual identified as “JJ,” asking to be connected to minor boys.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.

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.

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Barbara Burns


Updated May 17, 2024

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