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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mount Morris Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Calvin R. Patrick, 35, of Mount Morris, NY, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. Based on a prior conviction for possession of child pornography, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that in the fall of 2015, Patrick enticed two minor females under the age of 18 to send to him sexually explicit pictures of themselves. The defendant used the application known as “Kik” to communicate with a 14-year-old female in Florida and a female in Pennsylvania who was not quite 12 years-old.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; the Mount Morris Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kenneth Mignemi; the Livingston County Probation Department, under the direction of Director Lynne C. Mignemi; and the Livingston County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Gregory J. McCaffrey.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated April 13, 2017