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

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Massachusetts Man Going To Prison For 15 Years On Child Pornography Charge

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Frank Salerno, 31, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts, who was convicted of receiving child pornography, was sentenced to serve 15 years in prison by U.S. Chief Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who handled the case, stated that in 2019, the defendant engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with a 14 year-old minor who lived in Western New York. During those conversations, Salerno induced the minor to produce and send to him images child pornography. The defendant’s actions were ultimately reported to police, and he was arrested in Massachusetts in December 2019.   

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.
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Updated October 9, 2020