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Buffalo man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Joshua Zak, 40, of Buffalo, NY pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a mandatory minimum penalty of five year in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that in September 2015, Federal Agents searched Zak’s residence after determining he had accessed a website dedicated to the exploitation of children. Agents seized various electronics, and a forensic examination revealed that Zak was in possession of images and videos of child pornography.

The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary A. Loeffert

Sentencing is scheduled for September 7, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Vilardo.