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Former Boy Scout Employee Going To Federal Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography

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

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Russell Ruth, 34, of Lyons, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, including prepubescent images, was sentenced to serve 80 months in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that between March 13 and June 7, 2018, the defendant uploaded five files containing child pornography to a Yahoo! Server. Yahoo! intercepted the files and reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

Investigators determined the images were uploaded by Ruth and executed a search warrant at his residence on June 7, 2018. During the search, investigators seized electronic devices containing over 10,285 images and 602 videos of child pornography, including images of prepubescent children and images involving violence.
The defendant was employed by the Boy Scouts of America in the Ovid, NY area.

The sentencing is the result of investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

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Updated August 7, 2019

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