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

Monday, March 5, 2018

Lockport Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Sterling Jones, 24, of Lockport, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that on March 31, 2017, the defendant possessed 295 videos and 11 images of child pornography. These videos and images were on the cellular telephone and were stored by the defendant in his DropBox online storage account. Over 600 images of child pornography were recovered from Jones’ cellular telephone and some of the images included prepubescent minors and depictions of violence.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 11, 2018, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.

Updated March 5, 2018