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Williamsville man sentenced on child pornography charge

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Chase, 50, of Williamsville, NY, who was convicted of attempted receipt of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who handled the case, stated that between March 10, 2017, and April 2, 2017, the defendant engaged in sexually explicit online conversations with an undercover law enforcement officer posing as a 15-year old girl.

Shortly after the conversation began, Chase asked the undercover officer “Well how old are you?” The undercover officer replied, “Well I’m almost 16.” After discovering the undercover officer was a minor, the defendant requested sexually explicit images and pictures. Chase then requested to meet the person he believed was a minor female to engage in sexual activity. On April 2, 2017, the defendant arrived at a retail store parking lot believing he was going to meet and have sexual intercourse with the minor. He was arrested. Chase brought with him condoms, sexual lubricant and a sexual toy.

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