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

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Eric Birkedahl, 32, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that Birkedahl was located by undercover FBI Agents while trading child pornography online. During the execution of a search warrant at his residence, the defendant was found to be in possession of approximately 3,613 images and 3,726 videos of child pornography on his desktop computer. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Rochester Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 12, 2019, at 11:30 a.m. before Judge Geraci.  

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Updated April 9, 2019