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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 22, 2017

Jamestown Man Sentenced On Child Pornogrpahy Charge

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
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BUFFALO, N.Y.-Acting U.S. James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Whitford, 46, of Jamestown, NY, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to 120 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary C. Baumgarten, who handled the case, stated that on May 1, 2016, the defendant, using a peer-to-peer file sharing program, shared files with an undercover law enforcement officer. On June 23, 2016, a federal search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence at 42 West 13th Street, Jamestown, New York, during which several items of electronic media were seized.  Forensic analysis revealed images and videos constituting child pornography were stored on those items. The images and videos that the defendant previously shared with the undercover officer were among them. Whitford had approximately 2405 images and 1188 videos constituting child pornography. 

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen. 

Updated September 25, 2017