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Gates Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

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

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sean Blackwell, 34, of Gates, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that Blackwell was discovered actively trading child pornography from an apartment in Gates during an operation conducted by the FBI. Special Agents executed a search warrant at a residence that the defendant occupied during the period in question and seized digital items belonging to Blackwell. A forensic examination determined that the items contained multiple images and videos of child pornography, including images that depicted the sexual abuse of prepubescent minors. 

Sentencing is scheduled for May 22, 2019, before Judge Wolford.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rochester Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gary Loeffert. 


Updated February 22, 2019

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