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Rochester Resident Arrested, Charged With Production And Possession Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of New York

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Matthew Richardson a/k/a Skylar “Sky” Ravenwood, 35, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production and distribution of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of  30 years, and a 250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in November 2022, the Greece Police Department received a report that a 16-year-old minor (minor victim) was missing, and that the minor victim had been seeing a person named “Sky.” Greece Police contacted “Sky” by telephone, who confirmed that he was with the minor victim. Greece Police also spoke with the minor victim who would not provide their location and stated that they did not want to return home. As a result, the minor victim was registered as a missing person in a law enforcement database. In early December 2022, Greece Police learned that Richardson and the minor victim were in an OnlyFans video and reached out to the FBI, which located the sexually explicit video. On December 9, 2022, Richardson and the minor victim were located by Ohio State Troopers in a vehicle Richardson had stolen in New York State. Richardson was arrested at that time.

Richardson made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and was held pending a detention hearing on April 18, 2023, at 1:00 p.m.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Greece Police Department, under the direction of Chief Michael Wood, the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Human Trafficking Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia, New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian J. Ratajczak, and the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.          

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Barbara Burns


Updated April 14, 2023

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