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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Western District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, October 16, 2020

Jamestown Man Going To Prison For 12 1/2 Years For Receiving And Possessing Child Pornography

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Matthew Bailer, 35, of Jamestown, NY, who was convicted of receipt and possession of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 150 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, who handled the case, stated that on July 11, 2018, the Jamestown Police Department received a complaint from a parent that her minor children, Victim 1 and Victim 2, may have been sexually abused by the defendant. The parent stated that she was told by the defendant’s sister that a series of concerning pictures, sexual in nature, were sent on a Nokia cellular telephone that was used by the defendant.

Bailer was subsequently arrested on a warrant out of Missouri related to a burglary case. During a search of the Nokia cellular telephone, investigators recovered several hundred images of images of child pornography involving sexually explicit conduct by prepubescent and pubescent children.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Acting Chief Timothy Jackson.

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 16, 2020