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

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Rochester Man Sentenced For Receipt Of Child Pornography

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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., announced today that Faycal Taouzinet, 28, of Rochester, NY, who was convicted of receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to five years in prison by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.


Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who handled the case, stated that in June 2015, the mother of a 13-year-old minor advised the Rochester Police Department that her child was communicating with two men. According to the mother, one of the two men, Taouzinet, was a clerk at a local corner store. Officers reviewed the minor’s phone and uncovered texts between the minor and Taouzinet to include sexually explicit chats and chats where the minor had sent sexually explicit pictures to Taouzinet.


An officer, assuming the minor’s identity, engaged in texts with Taouzinet and arranged for a meeting to occur on June 22, 2015. The defendant did not show up at the arranged time but texted later and asked to meet. Taouzinet was observed by officers later that date and confronted and arrested.


The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.


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Updated February 8, 2017