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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, November 20, 2020

Federal Jury Convicts Brighton Man Of Multiple Child Pornography Charges

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal jury has convicted Richard Dzionara-Norsen, 29, of Brighton, NY, of possession, receipt, and distribution of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, and maximum of 20 years in prison, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Kyle P. Rossi and Meghan K. McGuire, who handled the trial of the case, stated that the defendant was apprehended by members of the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force after sharing a child pornography video with an undercover investigator over a peer to peer file sharing network. Subsequent investigation determined that Dzionara-Norsen had been receiving and distributing child pornography for a number of years. The images of child pornography depicted children as young as infants and also included depictions of violence against children.  

The verdict is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Stephen Belongia.

Sentencing is scheduled for February 17, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. who presided over the trial.  

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 20, 2020