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Gowanda man sentenced on child pornography charge

STAFF REPORTS

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Shane Aurand, 20, of Gowanda, NY, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to 180 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo. The charge carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum sentence of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, who is handling the case, stated that in March 2017, the defendant started communicating with an undercover law enforcement agent on the messaging application Kik. Aurand shared sexually explicit pictures of a seven year old child that he produced while babysitting the child at his residence. The defendant also offered to send the undercover agent pictures of other children if he received child pornography in return.

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