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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 14, 2022

Paroled Murderer Arrested On Production Of Child Pornography

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Israel Rivera-Reyes, 48, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in March 1995, Rivera was convicted of Murder 2nd Degree: With Intent and sentenced to serve five years to life in prison. Rivera was released in August 2006 on New York State Parole. Rivera’s parole was subsequently revoked in 2012, 2013, and 2014. He was most recently re-paroled on March 14, 2019.

On April 7, 2022, the Irondequoit Police Department received a referral from Child Protective Services (CPS), which stated that Rivera had sexual intercourse with Minor Victim 1 on multiple occasions. At the time, Rivera was approximately 47 years old and Minor Victim 1 was 16 years old. The complaint states that Rivera also sent nude pictures and videos to Minor Victim 1’s phone. A search of Minor Victim 1’s recovered multiple sexually explicit videos. On April 13, 2022, a search warrant was executed at Rivera’s Norcrest Drive residence in Rochester, during which investigators seized Rivera’s cell phone. Rivera was taken into custody at that time.

The complaint is a result of an investigation by the Irondequoit Police Department, under the direction of Chief Alan Laird, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of Sandra Doorley.

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 18, 2022