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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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 Jeffrey Wehs, 24, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that members of the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force executed a search warrant on September 18, 2019, at the defendant’s residence in Rochester following a cybertip from an online social media company. The tip indicated that an account holder had uploaded an image of child pornography using the company’s messaging application. Investigators ultimately traced the child pornography to Wehs’ Rochester apartment. The defendant’s computer was seized and a preliminary review recovered multiple images and videos of child pornography. 

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.

Sentencing is scheduled for August 10, 2020, before Judge Wolford.  

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Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated May 6, 2020