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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 1, 2015

Former Greece Police Officer Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that John Casey, 47, formerly of Greece, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 48 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The defendant will have to register as a sexual offender.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled 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 the defendant’s computer. They identified Casey’s physical location and then obtained and executed a federal search warrant for his Greece residence. During the search, agents 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.

Federal investigators reviewed the defendant’s time records and online activities and determined that the child pornography was downloaded during times when Casey was not at work as a Greece Police Officer. Agents also determined that no official or departmental equipment was used. Officers from the Greece Police Department assisted with the investigation.

The sentencing 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 Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Kennedy.

Updated June 2, 2015