BUFFALO - U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Thursday that Kenneth Fisher, 19, of Gowanda pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny to a felony charge of possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who handled the case, stated that on or about March 9, 2009, Fisher's laptop computer was seized at his residence pursuant to a search warrant and he admitted to downloading videos of child pornography using the internet sharing program LimeWire. A forensic analysis of the laptop revealed a total of six videos depicting child pornography were stored on the computer.
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 an investigation on the part of special agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Immigration and Customs Enforcement, under the direction of Lev Kubiak, Special Agent-In-Charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 7 at 9 a.m. in Buffalo in front of Judge Skretny.
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She allegedly failed to report to social services that in January, she had received a settlement from a lawsuit. Because of this, she received $469.58 in benefit she was not entitled to receive.
The charges are to be answered in Jamestown City Court.
Deputies responded to a call from a residence on Ellicott Road in the Town of Portland where Houser allegedly got into an argument with an unidentified female and struck the victim in the head.
He was arrested, arraigned in Portland Town Court and was committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of $500 cash or $1,000 property bond bail.
Deputies arrested him after a Bear Lake Road home owner confronted him when he entered the home unlawfully. The home owner detained Mosier until officers arrived at the residence.
The defendant was arraigned in Stockton Town Court and was committed to Chautauqua County Jail in lieu of bail.