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

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Niagara Falls Man Indicted By A Federal Grand Jury For Producing 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 a federal grand jury has returned a 16 count indictment charging Jonathon R. Cassatt, 34, of Niagara Falls, NY, with 15 counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey T. Fiut, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed criminal complaint, in November 2019, the Niagara Falls Police Department received information that the defendant’s cell phone contained images and videos of child pornography. Subsequent investigation determined that Cassatt used his cell phone to produce child pornography involving a minor victim on 15 different occasions between 2017 and 2019.

Cassatt was arraigned this morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was detained.

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Chief Thomas Licata.

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.  

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Updated April 16, 2020