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

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Rochester Man Arrested, Charged with Attempting to Entice a Minor and Attempted Production of Child Pornography


ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Todd Glenn Dean, 50, of Rochester, N.Y, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to entice minor to engage in sexual acts, and attempting to produce child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 25 years in prison and a maximum of life.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Dean approached a minor in September 2014. The minor notified his mother who then contacted law enforcement. According to the complaint, the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force initiated undercover communications with the defendant, posing as a 15 year-old boy named “Tyrell.” During chats with “Tyrell,” Dean promised to buy “Tyrell” a phone if he had sex with him. Eventually, an arrangement was made to meet at the Genesee Valley Park for sex. Anticipating the meeting, Dean wrote, “have a great day at school . . . can’t wait to hookup.”

The defendant is being detained pending a detention hearing on October 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m.

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 criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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 November 19, 2014