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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Former Pastor Sentenced For Obscenity

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:  (716) 843-5817
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Zackary S. Dressner, 38, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession of obscene visual depictions of minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct, was sentenced to 30 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Bradley E. Tyler, who handled the case, stated that on November 18, 2011, members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Task Force went to the residence of the defendant and seized a desk top computer and four external hard drives. A subsequent forensic analysis found two videos and some still images depicting child pornography. At the time of seizures, Dressner was serving as pastor of the Southeast Bible Baptist Church and the Southeast Christian Academy in Penfield, NY.

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation Computer Crimes Task Force.

Updated November 20, 2014