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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 21, 2022

Prior Felon Arrested On Child Pornography Charge

CONTACT: Barbara Burns   
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Robert Bibbins, 50, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography after having previously been convicted of a child pornography offense. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in 2015, Bibbins was convicted of a child pornography offense in New York State Court and sentenced to a jail term and 10 years probation. In 2020, Bibbins violated probation and was sentenced to serve one to three years. On September 19, 2022, he was released after having served two years. Three days later, during a routine search, parole officers discovered an internet-capable cellular phone secreted in a trash can at the half-way house where Bibbins was living. An initial review recovered images of children in sexually explicit poses, as well as naked children. A full forensic examination uncovered multiple images of child pornography.         

The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury.   

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 November 21, 2022