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Indiana Man Going To Prison For 10 Years On 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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Dakota Casey, 29, of Lafayette, Indiana, who was convicted of transportation of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 120 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorneys Meghan A. Tokash and Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, stated that on June 27, 2018, the defendant attempted to enter Canada from the United States using the Peace Bridge. Officials from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) discovered images of child pornography involving three minor victims on defendant’s cell phone. The defendant was refused entry into Canada, and he and his phone were turned over to U.S. authorities. In addition, between 2017, and June 27, 2018, Casey communicated with minors under the age of 18 years of age via the internet. Knowing that each was under the age of 16, the defendant requested that four victims take and send him child pornography images of themselves. Some of the images Casey persuaded two of the victims to produce portrayed sadistic conduct.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly. Additional assistance was provided by the Canada Border Services Agency.  

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Updated May 20, 2021

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