Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office December 23, 2010|
BUFFALO, NY— U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Robert J. Terhaar, II, 37, of Lockport, New York, pled guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, to two felony charges of Possession of Child Pornography. Possession of Child Pornography carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison for each count, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who handled the case, stated that on or about April 23, 2010, in the Western District of New York, the defendant possessed over 600 images of child pornography on his computers, disks and thumb drives at his residence in Lockport, New York. Some of the children shown in the images were prepubescent and less than 12 years of age, and some of the images portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence. The defendant also distributed images of child pornography using various programs, including Gigatribe.
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 plea was the culmination of a joint investigation on the part of the Niagara County Sheriff's Department under the direction of Sheriff James Voutour; the Niagara County District Attorney's Office under the direction of Michael Violante, Niagara County District Attorney; Special Agents of the Buffalo Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of James H. Robertson, Special Agent In Charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for April 4, 2011, at 9:00 a.m. EST, in Buffalo, New York, in front of Judge Skretny.