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

Monday, July 11, 2016

Rochester Man Guilty of Possessing Child Pornography

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Gregory Stonoha, 24, of Rochester, N.Y., pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.  The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Stonoha was found to possess large quantities of child pornography involving prepubescent minors.  Stonoha used an application known as Kik to trade child pornography with other users, and to engage in sexually explicit “chats” with other users. After a search warrant and arrest of another individual in Arizona it was determined that Stonoha was communicating with this individual and sharing child pornography. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, acting under the direction of Adam S. Cohen.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 13, 2016, at 10:00, before Judge Siragusa.

Updated July 13, 2016