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Western District of New York

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pennsylvania Man Sentenced for Possesion of child Pornography

BUFFALO, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Graham Godbey, 25, of Allentown, Pennsylvania, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to two years in prison and five years supervised release by
U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara. 

            Assistant U.S. Attorney Fauzia K. Mattingly, who handled the case, stated that on June 29, 2010, the defendant attempted to enter Canada from the United States at the Peace Bridge. During an inspection of Godbey's vehicle by the Canada Border Services Agency, officers recovered a laptop computer which contained images of child pornography. 

            This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood  marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit                                    

            The sentencing is the result of an investigation being handled by Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge  James C. Spero and the Niagara Regional Police, under the direction of Chief Jeffrey McGuire.


Updated November 18, 2014