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Nunda man and Elmira woman charged with production of child porn


ROCHESTER -- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Bryan Matacale, 42, of Nunda, and Ashley Warren, 26, of Elmira, were arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production of child pornography. In addition, Matacale is also charged with receipt of child pornography, while Warren is also charged with distribution of child pornography. Matacale faces a minimum penalty of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 50 years because of prior convictions for sexual offenses. Warren faces at least 15 and up to 30 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the prosecution of the case, stated that according to the complaint, in March 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) received information from the Belgian Federal Police that a Belgian citizen identified individuals in the United States as being involved the possession and distribution of child pornography. The Belgian citizen told police that an individual he knew as "Bob" paid him money in exchange for images and videos of child pornography on several occasions. Subsequent investigation determined that “Bob” was defendant Maracle.

On August 28, 2017, a federal search warrant was executed at Matacale’s residence during which various computers and electronic media were seized by law enforcement officers. During an examination of the defendant’s cellular telephone, officers observed the contact name "Ashley Warren." In June 2017, defendant Warren reported to law enforcement officers that she believed Matacale might have inappropriately touched two underage female relatives. A review of text messages between Matacale and Warren revealed that Warren, at Matacale’s request, used her cellular telephone to take and send photos containing images of child pornography to Matacale.

The defendants made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and are being held.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.

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.