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

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Substitute Teacher Arrested On Child Pornography Charges

CONTACT: Barbara Burns   
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Marc Hoffman, 25, of Fairport, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession and receipt of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard A. Resnick, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on September 19, 2022, the Fairport School district received information that Hoffman, a substitute teacher in the district at the time, contacted a minor on social media asking for sexually explicit photos. The minor was not a Fairport student. The district alerted law enforcement officers and terminated Hoffman. Subsequent investigation determined that Hoffman allegedly communicated online with multiple minor victims, one as young as 13-years-old. Those communications included the exchange of sexually explicit photos. Investigators seized Hoffman’s cell phone, which was found to contain some of these alleged communications, as well as images of child pornography.

Hoffman made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and was released on conditions.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Todd Baxter, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Michael Stansbury.

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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