Rochester Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case
ROCHESTER, N.Y.-- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Anthony Davis, 43, of Rochester, N.Y., who was convicted of production of child pornography, was sentenced to 15 years in prison and 15 years of supervised release by the U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr,.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that in July 2012, City of Rochester Police received a report from a cooperating witness who found a sexually explicit video of a seven-year old minor child on a smart phone belonging to the defendant. The cooperating witness was able to identify the minor victim and was able to identify Davis's voice from the video. The defendant used the minor to produce a sexually explicit image with his smart phone.
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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation Cyber Crime Task Force, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Richard M. Frankel, the City of Rochester Police Department, under the direction of Chief James Sheppard and the Monroe County District Attorney's Office, under the direction of Sandra Doorley.