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

Monday, January 27, 2020

Two Rochester Residents Charged With Production, Receipt, Distribution, And Possession Of Child Pornography

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joshua Sattora, 35, and Rebecca Woodin, 34, both of Rochester, NY, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production, receipt, distribution, and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a CyberTipline Report indicating that a Dropbox user, later identified as defendant Joshua Sattora, was in possession of child pornography. A search warrant was then executed at Sattora’s Rochester residence. Investigators seized multiple electronic devices that contained thousands of images and videos of child pornography. Investigators also seized Sattora’s cell phone which contained a series of a series of text message conversations between Sattora and an individual later identified as Rebecca Woodin. 

In those text messages, the defendants discussed their mutual interest in child pornography and their desire to have sexual contact with children in general. They also discussed at length their desire to have sexual contact with Minor Victim 1 in particular. Minor Victim 1 was either five or six years old during the course of the alleged conduct and was known to defendant Woodin. Sattora and Woodin talked in sexually explicit language about Minor Victim 1. Woodin also sent Sattora naked pictures of Minor Victim 1. 

The defendants also exchanged explicit text messages about a second victim, Minor Victim 2.

Sattora also sent Woodin a screen shot of a document entitled “The Pedophile's Handbook.” Sattora wrote “yeah goes into detail about everything from how to find a girl to how to groom her to making sure she stays quiet afterwards.”

The defendants made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and were held pending a detention hearing. Woodin’s detention hearing will take place on January 30, 2020; Sattora’s detention hearing has not yet been scheduled.

The complaint is a result of an investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; the Federal Bureau of Investigation Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert; the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Eric Laughton; and the Monroe County District Attorney’s Office, under the direction of District Attorney Sandra Doorley.

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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