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Niagara Falls Man Going To Prison For Possession Of Child Pornography And Cutting Off His Ankle Monitor

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

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

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Carl Anthony, 69, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography and conversion of government property, was sentenced to serve nine years in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who handled the case, stated that in December 2018, and January 2019, Anthony secretly video-recorded a 12-year-old girl changing and showering in a bathroom. In July 2019, a federal search warrant was executed at Anthony's Niagara Falls residence. The two videos were found on a hard drive that was seized during the execution of the search warrant. As a result, in December 2019, Anthony was arrested and charged by criminal complaint, and released on conditions, including the condition that Anthony participate in a home detention program monitored by GPS. In April 2020, Anthony requested to go to the hospital, claiming to possibly have contracted COVID-19, which was approved by his Pretrial Services Officer. After arriving at the hospital, however, Anthony cut his ankle monitor, left the monitor in a mailbox, and fled. On April 14, 2020, Anthony was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in San Diego, California.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the U.S. Marshals Service, under the direction of Marshal Charles Salina; and the Town of Niagara Police Department, under the direction of Chief H. James Suitor.

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Updated September 21, 2022

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