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Former Wyoming County Corrections Officer Indicted On Child Pornography Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging James D. Sutton, 37, of Depew, NY, with distribution and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison, and a maximum of 20 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, in October 2021, Sutton, a former Wyoming County Corrections Officer, distributed child pornography. In addition, on February 7, 2023, Sutton possessed images of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor on three different cellular telephones.

Sutton was arraigned this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was held pending a detention hearing on April 24. 2023.        

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eugene Staniszewski, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.   

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.      

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Barbara Burns


Updated April 21, 2023

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