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

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Former North Carolina Man Sentenced For Transporting A Minor To North Carolina And Production Of Child Pornography

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that William Schliebener, 52, formerly of Sanford, NC, who was convicted of transporting a minor in interstate commerce for the purpose of illegal sexual activity and production of child pornography, was sentenced to 300 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who handled the case, stated that the defendant came to the attention of law enforcement in October 2010 when a young Canandaigua girl was reported missing. Members of the Canandaigua Police Department and the Lee County, North Carolina Sheriff’s Department found the child with the defendant in North Carolina. Schiebener transported the child from Canandaigua to North Carolina with the intent to engage in illegal sexual activity. Following the discovery of the child, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence in North Carolina, and officers seized computers and digital media. Forensic analysis of the media revealed images of the defendant engaged in sexual activity with three children.

“This case demonstrates why it is so critical to identify and prosecute child predators to the fullest extent in law,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul.  “The original arrest was for the attempted abuse of a single child, coupled with the defendant’s intention to digitally record and memorialize the attack. Investigation thereafter revealed the rape of three different children, each of which was also digitally recorded. Fortunately, this sentence means that this serial rapist will likely never again be in a position to harm children.”

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Investigators of the Canandaigua Police Department, under the direction of Chief Jonathan P. Welch.

Updated November 20, 2014