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Cleveland man sentenced on child pornography charge

STAFF REPORTS

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that David Bills, 39, of Cleveland, OH, who was convicted of soliciting an image containing obscene material from a minor, was sentenced to 60 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that on April 24, 2018, the defendant began communicating on a social networking application using his iPhone with a Department of Homeland Security undercover agent (UCA). Bills believed the UCA was a 13-year-old female from Rochester, NY.

Between April 24 and April 25, 2018, the defendant engaged in sexual conversations with the UCA via text messages. During these conversations, Bills requested the UCA, who he believed was a 13-year-old female, to send him sexually explicit photos of herself.

Today’s 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.