Former Boy Scout Leader Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge
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BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Daniel Huzinec, 25, of Buffalo, NY, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that the investigation began in December 2014 when the defendant shared photographs of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a peer to peer website. This conduct included the sexual abuse of children by adults and children engaging in sexual activity with other children.
On January 27, 2015, agents from Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant at Huzinec’s Marilla St. residence. Numerous items were seized from the residence including a laptop computer. During the execution of the warrant, the defendant, an Assistant Scout Master, waived his Miranda rights and admitted that in January 2015, while chaperoning a Boy Scout camping trip, he took several sexually explicit pictures of a sleeping 16-year-old boy with his cell phone.
A subsequent forensic evaluation of the electronic evidence seized from the defendant’s residence determined that such evidence contained images and videos of child pornography, including the sexually explicit pictures of the sleeping child that the defendant had admitted to taking. In addition, law enforcement officers discovered that in November 2014, Huzinec enticed a 15-year-old boy, a former member of the defendant’s Boy Scout troop, to send him sexually explicit pictures by creating a fake email account and posing as a teenage girl. Those pictures were also found on the defendant’s computer. As part of the plea agreement, the defendant admitted to the production of images of child pornography of the 15 and 16-year-old boys.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 27, 2017, at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Vilardo.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.