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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, June 7, 2018

Pittsford Man Sentenced On Child Pornography Charges

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
PHONE:      (716) 843-5817
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jeffrey Bernecky, 30, of Pittsford, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography depicting prepubescent minors, was sentenced to serve 10 years in federal prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that in 2012, Bernecky was convicted of possession and distribution of child pornography and sentenced to serve five years in federal prison. The defendant was released in 2016 and began a 15-year period of supervised release, administered by the United States Probation Department.  On December 8, 2017, during a routine inspection, probation officers discovered that Bernecky was in possession of an unauthorized smartphone. The officers seized the phone. A forensic examination recovered approximately 200 images and 25 videos depicting the sexual abuse of children. 

Today’s sentencing is the result of an investigation by the United States Probation Department, under the direction of Chief Probation Officer Anthony SanGiacomo, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Gary Loeffert.

Updated June 8, 2018