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Clymer school teacher charged with possession of child pornography

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Scott Aikens, 60, of Clymer, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a mandatory penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy V. Murray, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in late June 2018, Homeland Security Investigations in Buffalo received information that a user, identified as "EJD," was active on the Thai based child pornography open website "Boyxzeed2.net.” Investigators traced the email address utilized by “EJD” to the defendant.
On September 14, 2018, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s residence on Route 474 in Clymer. During the search, multiple electronic devices were recovered, including a laptop and two desktop computers. At the time that the search warrant was executed, HSI special agents observed Aikens sitting in front of his computer. According to the complaint, there were multiple images on the computer screen of young prepubescent males with their genitals exposed.
The defendant is a 7-12 grade school teacher with the Clymer Central School District.
Aikens made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and is being held pending a detention hearing on September 18, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Members of the public who have specific information related to this case are urged to contact the HSI Buffalo Office at 716-464-6070. HSI victim-witness specialists will be available to assist any parent or guardian should they need victim-related resources. If any members of the public have general questions or concerns regarding sexual abuse of children or would like guidance on how to discuss this issue with children, please call Justice and Hope for Children at 716-338-9844.
The criminal 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.