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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Rochester Woman Pleads Guilty To Production Of Child Pornography Involving 8 And 5-Year-Old Children

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Rebecca Wilson, 31, of Rochester, NY, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. to two counts of production of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years, and a $250,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that between June and August 2018, the defendant engaged in an ongoing pattern of sexual abuse, subjecting an eight-year-old to multiple instances of sexual acts, while producing multiple videos and images of those sexual acts. Between January and April 2020, Wilson engaged in another ongoing pattern of sexual abuse, subjecting a five-year-old to multiple instances of sexual acts, during which the defendant once again produced video and images.

Wilson made these videos and images at the request of James Oliver Young and transferred them to him via Facebook messenger. Charges remain pending against Young. 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.  

The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Barry Chase, and Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 14, 2021, at 3:00 p.m. before Chief Judge Geraci.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated January 26, 2021