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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 24, 2020

Man And Woman Charged With Production Of Child Pornography

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that James Oliver Young, 51, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and production of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and a maximum of life. In addition, Rebecca Wilson, 30, also of Rochester, NY, was also charged with production of child pornography in a separate complaint. Wilson faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.  

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that the according to the complaints filed against Young and Wilson, on April 17, 2020, the New York State Police received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that an “Ollie Young” was communicating with a 10-year-old female, Minor Victim (MV1), in Rochester through private messages on Facebook. It appeared that “Ollie Young” was attempting to entice MV1 to produce and send apparent child exploitation images as well as engage in sexual activity. “Ollie Young” was later identified as defendant Young. Subsequent investigation determined that Young and Wilson allegedly had sexual relations with MV1 on multiple occasions.

On April 18, 2020, New York State Police executed a search warrant and seized multiple devices, including two cell phones belonging to Wilson. Investigators located multiple videos depicting child pornography involving a five-year-old boy, Minor Victim 2 (MV2).

The defendants made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and are being detained.

The complaints are the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

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. 

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 24, 2020