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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Niagara Falls Man Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

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

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Daniel Hull, 44 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 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on February 28, 2016, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a tip involving the uploading of 11 images depicting child pornography to the internet. The images were ultimately traced to the defendant, who was identified as being a registered sex offender currently under the supervision of the Niagara County Probation Office for a previous conviction.

The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was detained. Hull is due back in court on December 12, 2016, at 10:30 a.m.

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Adam S. Cohen, Special Agent in Charge; the Niagara County Probation Department; and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of James Voutour.

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 September 14, 2016