Rochester Man Sentenced In Child Pornography Case
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jason Koscielski, 24, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of receipt, distribution and possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 135 months in prison and 30 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marisa J. Miller, who handled the case, stated that the defendant came to the attention of law enforcement in January 2009 when members of the Toronto Police Service, in Toronto, Canada discovered Koscielski was online and sharing images of child pornography through a peer-to-peer file sharing program. The case was referred to Special Agents with Homeland Security Investigations who obtained a search warrant for the defendant’s residence. During the search, agents located more than 200 videos and 1,000 images of child pornography on digital media owned by the defendant.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The sentencing is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.