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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Hamlin Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Michael Woloschuk, 42, of Hamlin, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, after having previously been convicted of a child pornography offense, before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that in October 2020, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a cybertip from a social media platform that an individual had distributed child pornography over the platform. After determining that the individual was located in New York State, NCMEC turned the information over to the New York State Police, who then identified the individual as registered sex offender, Michael P. Woloschuk of Hamlin, NY.  On October 26, 2021, investigators executed a search warrant at Woloschuk’s home, during which they seized several digital devices, including a thumb drive and laptop. A forensic analysis recovered several videos and images of child pornography, some of which depicted violence against children. In addition, Woloschuk’s sex offender registration information was located on the thumb drive. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian J. Ratajczak and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 30, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Geraci.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 31, 2022