Brant Man Sentenced in Child Pornography Case
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 16, 2010|
BUFFALO, NY—Donald Smith, 39 of Brant, New York, who was convicted of possessing child pornography on August 6, 2009, was sentenced to 10 years in prison by Chief United States District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara, U.S. Attorney Kathleen M. Mehltretter of the Western District of New York announced today.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo, who handled the case, stated that the defendant had been convicted of possessing child pornography after agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation found images on the defendant's cellular telephone.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The conviction was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the direction of James H. Robertson and the Erie County Sheriff's Department under the direction of Timothy Howard.