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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Rochester Man Sentenced For Possessing Child Pornography

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.--U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Jonathan Lopez-Polo, 26, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 25 years supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who handled the case, stated that the defendant possessed more than 600 images of child pornography on digital media he owned, including a computer and removable media. The images included prepubescent children, as well as depictions of violence against children. As part of his sentence, Lopez-Polo also forfeited all computer equipment seized by the FBI during the investigation.

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 the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation Task Force.

Updated December 4, 2014