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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 21, 2017

Elmira Man Charged With Possession Of Child Pornography

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Taylor T. Sullivan, 20, of Elmira, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that according to the complaint, in March 2017, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a report from the social networking website Skout.com that child pornography was received by the defendant on its site. The report also indicated that Sullivan uploaded several images of different juvenile females engaging in sexual acts with animals.

A search of the defendant’s phone revealed numerous files containing child pornography and videos, including a video of a young naked female (Victim1) known to defendant. During an interview with New York State Police Investigators, Victim 1 indicated she was unaware that she was being recorded. In total, the phone contained approximately 639 images and 58 videos of child pornography.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Richard Allen, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, 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 defendants are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Updated September 25, 2017