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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 23, 2020

Niagara Falls Man Indicted On Multiple Child Pornography Charges And Fleeing The Western District Of New York

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 an indictment charging Carl Anthony, 66, of Niagara Falls, NY, with attempted production, production, and possession of child pornography. The defendant is also charged with contempt of court and conversion of government property. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment and a previously filed complaint, on June 19, 2019, Town of Niagara Police received a complaint regarding a now-13 year old female (Minor Victim) who had been surreptitiously video recorded while changing and showering. The defendant was identified as the individual responsible for making the recording. On July 9, 2019, a federal search warrant was executed at Anthony's Niagara Falls residence. A hard drive that was seized during the execution of the search warrant was found to contain two videos, both of which showed the Minor Victim changing and showering in a bathroom.

The defendant is also accused of disobeying release conditions set by U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer on December 2, 2019. After being initially charged in the case, Anthony was ordered to remain in his residence at all times except for activities pre-approved by his Probation and Pretrial Services Officer. The defendant’s travel was also restricted to the Western District of New York. Between April 3 and April 14, 2020, Anthony traveled outside the District. He was taken into custody on April 14, 2020, in San Diego, California.

The defendant made an appearance in Federal Court in San Diego and will be returned to the Western District of New York at a later date.  

The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; 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.

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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Project Safe Childhood
Updated April 23, 2020