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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joshua Woodbury, 27, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of 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 Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that on February 14, 2016, an FBI Agent, while working in an undercover capacity, downloaded two video files containing child pornography. Those videos included naked, prepubescent girls. The undercover agent also found several other video files utilizing the same IP address. Subsequent investigation traced the IP address to a residence at which the defendant was then living on Patrician Drive in Rochester. 

On September 17, 2016, an FBI Task Force Officer (TFO), while working in an undercover capacity, also downloaded two video files containing child pornography. Those videos contained a naked, prepubescent girl and a naked, prepubescent boy engaged in sexual activity with adult men. The videos were traced to an IP address at an apartment on Spanish Trail in Rochester. When interviewed, the residents of the apartment denied any involvement with child pornography. An analysis of a tablet and laptop computer in the apartment found no indication of child pornography. Further investigation determined that the defendant, who was “pretty tech savvy,” also resided in the apartment complex on Spanish Trail.

Agents met with Woodbury who admitted that he utilized the internet at the Patrician Drive residence to download child pornography while living there in February of 2016. The defendant also admitted that he accessed his neighbor’s wireless internet to download child pornography at his current residence on Spanish Trail. An analysis of Woodbury’s cellular telephone revealed multiple videos containing prepubescent children involved in sexual activity.    

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 27, 2017, at 9:15 a.m. before Judge Siragusa.

Updated March 29, 2017