Buffalo Man Indicted for Advertising, Receiving, and Distributing Child Pornography
|U.S. Attorney’s Office September 21, 2012|
BUFFALO, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned a three-count indictment charging Jeremy Otrosinka, 32, of Buffalo, New York, with advertising, receipt, and distribution of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 60 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward H. White, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, the defendant created and administered a website that was a password-protected bulletin board dedicated to the discussion and sharing of child pornography. On this site, members would post links to images and videos of child pornography and post private message discussions regarding child pornography. Otrosinka also sent and received e-mails that attached images and a video of child pornography.
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 Indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Christopher M. Piehota.
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.