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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, June 21, 2019

Rochester Man Pleads Guilty To Receiving 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 Christopher Johnson, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa to receipt of child pornography. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that Johnson was arrested in June 2018, after he distributed child pornography to an undercover FBI Agent via the Internet. This prompted law enforcement officers to execute a search warrant at the defendant’s residence in Rochester where they seized his computers. Saved on the computers were approximately 52,372 images and 316 videos of child pornography, including videos and images that depicted the sexual abuse of infants and toddlers.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by members of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Rochester Office, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief LaRon Singletary; and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 7, 2019, before Judge Siragusa. 

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 21, 2019