Henrietta Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Mark Buechler, 44, of Henrietta, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography, and possession of child pornography, including child pornography involving prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years old. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on May 3, 2018, an 11-year-old boy, Minor Victim #1 (MV1), disclosed to his school counselor that the defendant performed various sexual acts on him on an ongoing basis at the defendant’s home on Stone Road in Henrietta. The counselor contacted Child Protective Services (CPS) to report the alleged incidents. A Monroe County CPS Investigator and a Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Investigator interviewed MV1 and Buechler was arrested later that day for the physical sexual abuse of MV1 and other crimes.
Also on May 3, 2018, a state search warrant was executed at the defendant’s Stone Road residence. Multiple digital and storage devices were seized, including computers, tablets, phones, SD cards, thumb drives, and digital cameras.
On May 7, 2018, Sheriff’s Office Investigators interviewed Minor Victim #2 (MV2), an 18 year old boy who had visited Buechler’s residence when he was younger. MV2 also disclosed that he was sexually abused by the defendant over an extended period of time. A second state search warrant was executed on May 7, 2018, at which time additional digital devices were seized.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation was contacted and on May 24, 2018, a federal search warrant was obtained to review the items seized during the execution of the state search warrants. A review of some of the items seized uncovered approximately 8,700 images and two videos of child pornography produced by Buechler, some of which depicted the defendant abusing the minor victims.
Buechler made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S Magistrate Judge Marina W. Payson and was detained.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Major Crimes Unit, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter; the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, Special Victims Unit, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley; Monroe County Child Protective Services, under the direction of Amy Natale-McConnell; the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; and the Bivona Child Advocacy Center, under the direction of Executive Director Deb Rosen.
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.