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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Former Substitute Teacher And Coach Going To Prison For 20 Years On Child Pornography Charges

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns

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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Steven Gasiorek, 37, of Cheektowaga, NY, who was convicted of receipt of child pornography and possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor, was sentenced to serve 20 years in prison and 10 years supervised release by Senior U.S. District Judge Williams M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that between March 2014, and April 16, 2019, Gasiorek worked as a substitute teacher and athletic coach at John F. Kennedy Middle and High Schools in Cheektowaga, NY. During that time, Gasiorek pretended to be a teenage girl living in California and used a fictitious Instagram account in the name of LEXIGURL1015 to communicate with numerous minor males and receive child pornography from them. Gasiorek knew the victims he was communicating with were minors, and he served as a teacher or coach to some of the victims he received child pornography from.

On April 16, 2019, during the execution of a search warrant at Gasiorek’s residence, a laptop computer and external hard drive were seized. A forensic examination recovered images and videos of child pornography depicting many minor males, of which 29 have been positively identified. The victims lived in Cheektowaga, Lancaster, Virginia, Texas, and Florida. In total, Gasiorek possessed over 600 images and videos of child pornography.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury, the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief Brian Gould, the West Seneca Police Department, under the direction of Chief Edward Baker, and the Fauquier County, Virginia, Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Jeremy Falls.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 22, 2022