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

Friday, September 29, 2017

Webster Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

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

ROCHESTER, N.Y.—Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Daniel J. Sullivan, 39, Webster, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, stated that the investigation began when an undercover law enforcement officer, using a peer-to-peer network, connected to an internet connected computer that was sharing videos containing child pornography. The investigation led to Sullivan who admitted that he had been involved with looking at images of child pornography.

A search warrant was executed at Sullivan’s residence and a laptop and a portable hard drive were seized. The laptop contained over 800 videos of suspected child pornography and the portable hard drive contained over 600 videos of suspected child pornography.

The plea was the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen.
Sentencing is scheduled on January 3, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. before Judge Geraci.

Updated October 2, 2017