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Rochester man charged with child sex crimes


ROCHESTER -- Fourty-one-year-old Amit Pandey of Rochester was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography and online enticement of a minor. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life in prison, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that Pandey was arrested in February, 2017 by deputies with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office when he was discovered having sex in a parked vehicle with a 16-year old minor female. The defendant’s cell phone was seized during the arrest. A forensic analysis uncovered sexually graphic chats and images using the Kik application between Pandey and the minor female. The defendant also used the cell phone to arrange to meet the minor victim for sex.

The defendant made an initial appearance before Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and is being detained.