Brighton Man Pleads Guilty in Child Pornography Case
ROCHESTER, NY—U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Joseph Lamica, 26, of Brighton, NY, pleaded guilty to knowing receipt of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries carry a minimum of five years in prison, a maximum penalty of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, handled the case, stated that Lamica was a babysitter who advertised his services on Care.com and Craigslist.com. A family the defendant was working for discovered that Lamica was engaging in inappropriate behavior with nine-year-old son and terminated the babysitting contract. Thereafter, the defendant attempted to approach the boy at school.
The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office obtained a search warrant and searched Lamica’s residence. Deputies found materials and notebooks with writings expressing the defendant’s interest in young boys. Another search warrant was obtained for Lamica’s digital media hardware which contained images of child pornography, and a video of another minor the defendant babysat in 2014.
The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force which includes the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 14th at 2:00 p.m. Judge Wolford.