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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 8, 2019

Man Who Used Free Wi-Fi At Rochester Laundromat To Download Child Porn Is Going To Prison

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joseph A. Heath, Jr., 46, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 16 years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who prosecuted the case, stated the defendant used the Wi-Fi at a laundromat on Monroe Avenue in Rochester to download child pornography. On February 4, 2018, investigators encountered Heath at the laundromat and seized a laptop computer, which contained approximately 80 videos containing child pornography.

The defendant has a prior conviction for the sexual abuse of a 6-year-old girl. 

The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation by Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.  

 

Topic(s): 
Cyber Crime
Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 8, 2019