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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, July 24, 2020

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Production 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 Sean R. Sullivan, 50, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to production of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a fine of $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that between 2005 and 2009, the defendant produced several images of Minor Victim 1 (MV1) sleeping in her bed. MV1 was approximately five years old in 2005. The images show Sullivan performing a sexual act on MV1 while she slept. In addition, between 2009 and 2014, Sullivan hid surveillance cameras in his residence in the bathroom, living room, and MV1’s bedroom. Using those cameras, defendant produced several images of MV1 in various stages of undress which constitute child pornography. MV1 also produced images of MV1 engaging in a sexual act with Minor Victim 2 (MV2), another individual under the age of 18.   

The plea is the result of an investigation led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 4, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. before Chief Judge Geraci.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 24, 2020