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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 6, 2018

Niagara Falls Man Arrested, Charged With Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Randy Colucci, 33, of Niagara Falls, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that according to the criminal complaint, in April 2017, a Department of Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent, working undercover, discovered multiple files containing videos and images of child pornography being shared on a peer to peer website. Some of the videos and images depicted prepubescent children in sexual situations. Investigators determined that the IP address connected to the files was utilized by the defendant, which led to the execution of a search warrant at Colucci’s residence. Digital media recovered from the defendant contained child pornography.

Colucci is currently on New York State parole for a 2011 manslaughter conviction, involving the death of his two-year old daughter.

The defendant is being held pending a detention hearing on April 12, 2018, at 9:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

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.

Updated April 6, 2018