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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 27, 2015

Former Greece Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that John Casey, 46, formerly of Greece, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that in March 2014, Federal Agents from Homeland Security Investigations working online in an undercover capacity observed the defendant sharing images of child pornography on the internet. At that time, they were able to download several sexually explicit images of children being raped from Casey’s computer. Agents identified the defendant’s physical location and then obtained and executed a federal search warrant for his Greece residence. During the search, they seized multiple digital items which were forensically analyzed. Child pornography images and movies were recovered from two laptops which were also linked to the files shared online. Some of the images depicted children as young as infants being sexually abused.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Officers of the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick Phelan and Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 26, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

Updated March 30, 2015