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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 9, 2018

Rochester Couple Charged With Sexually Exploiting A 10 Year Old Child

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Bonnie Hughes and John Kohlmeier, Jr., both of Greece, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production, receipt, and possession of child pornography, and coercing and enticing a minor to engage in unlawful sexual activity. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of life in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in early 2018, defendant Kohlmeier was having sexually explicit conversations with a 10-year female (minor victim) via cellular telephone. On March 19, 2018, defendant Hughes, at Kohlmeier’s request, took two sexually explicit photographs of the minor victim. Subsequently, Kohlmeier and Hughes engaged in sexual conduct with the minor victim.

The Greece Police Department previously arrested Kohlmeier and Hughes, and they are currently be held in state custody on state charges.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons; the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Patrick D. Phelan; and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney 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.  

Updated April 10, 2018