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Rochester Man Faces Up To 20 Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Donnie Lee Jackson, 31, of Rochester, NY, a registered sex offender and New York State parolee, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to possession of child pornography, including prepubescent images. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant, in May 2017, was found to be in possession of a cellular telephone that contained approximately 50 videos and 13 images of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent minors or minors under 12-years-old. Previously, in 2010, the defendant had been convicted in New York State Court of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, after defendant engaged in sexual conduct with an individual under 11-years-old on multiple occasions.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia, and the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, under the direction of Acting Commissioner Anthony J. Annucci.

Sentencing is scheduled for January 25, 2021, at 9:30 a.m. before Judge Siragusa. 

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Updated October 19, 2020

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