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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Olean Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt 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 Jacob Tunison, 30, of Olean, NY, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Wei Xiang, who is handling the case, stated that in November of 2018, Tunison used Facebook to communicate with a minor female who was less than 16 years old. The defendant sent numerous lewd images of himself to the minor and solicited the minor to produce and send various images of herself to him.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Cuba Police Department, under the direction of Chief Dustin Burch, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Jamestown Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 22, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

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Updated May 14, 2019