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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Painted Post Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge After Offering Images To An Undercover Investigator Online

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jordan Sowersby, 27 of Painted Post, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possessing child pornography depicting prepubescent minors, after having sustained a prior child pornography conviction. The charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that in January and February 2021, an undercover FBI Special Agent located the defendant offering child pornography for download on the internet. The undercover agent downloaded child pornography directly from Sowersby, which enabled the FBI to determine the defendant’s location in Painted Post. Subsequent investigation revealed that Sowersby is a registered sex offender as a result of a prior New York State child pornography conviction. 

On February 26, 2021, the FBI, accompanied by members of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police, executed a federal search warrant at the defendant’s home and seized multiple digital devices. A forensic analysis recovered hundreds of images and videos of child pornography.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Corning, NY, Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff James Allard; and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Barry Chase. 

Sentencing is scheduled for August 24, 2021, at 10:00 am before Judge Siragusa.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 18, 2021