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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 25, 2021

Painted Post Man Who Offered Images Of Child Pornography To An Undercover Investigator Online Is Going To Prison

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jordan Sowersby, 27 of Painted Post, NY, who was convicted of possessing child pornography depicting prepubescent minors, after having sustained a prior child pornography conviction, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison, followed by 20 years of supervised release by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who handled 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 sentencing 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. 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated October 25, 2021