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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, February 23, 2018

Williamsville Man Pleads Guilty To Child Pornography Charge

CONTACT:  Barbara Burns
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Chase, 50, of Williamsville, NY, pleaded guilty to attempted receipt of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, stated that between March 10, 2017, and April 2, 2017, the defendant engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a 15-year old girl.

Shortly after the conversation began, Chase asked the undercover officer “Well how old are you?” The undercover officer replied, “Well I’m almost 16.” After discovering the undercover officer was a minor, the defendant requested sexually explicit images and pictures. Chase then requested to meet the person he believed was a minor female to engage in sexual activity. On April 2, 2017, the defendant arrived at a retail store parking lot believing he was going to meet and have sexual intercourse with the minor. He was arrested. Chase brought with him condoms, sexual lubricant and a sexual toy.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 6, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. before Judge Arcara.

Updated February 23, 2018