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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Elmira Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jonathan Wilson, 50, of Elmira, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that in March 2021, the Elmira Police Department began investigating Wilson’s involvement in online child pornography and child exploitation activity. During the investigation, Elmira Police executed a search warrant at Wilson’s residence, seizing multiple digital devices belonging to Wilson. A forensic analysis of the devices recovered more than 500 images and videos of child pornography, including images and videos depicting violence against children.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Elmira Police Department, under the direction of Chief Anthony Alvernaz, and the Corning, NY, Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 30, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 31, 2022