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Newark physician sentenced to 21 years in federal prison for child exploitation offenses

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today Dr. David Blasczak, 70, of Newark, NY, who was convicted of receiving child pornography, was sentenced to serve 262 months in prison guilty by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who handled the case, stated that the defendant was a physician at the Clyde Family Health Center in Clyde, NY. Between September 1, 2015, and January 18, 2018, Blasczak subscribed to a website from his home that offered child pornography for purchase. The defendant created an account and purchased images and videos of child pornography which were emailed to Blasczak. The images and videos depicted prepubescent children engaged in sexual conduct with adults and other children, as well as prepubescent children, infants, and toddlers subjected to sexual abuse. In total, the defendant received and/or possessed approximately 2557 images and 78 videos depicting child pornography.

In addition to receiving images and videos of child pornography, as part of his plea agreement with the government, Blasczak also admitted to the following:

• Between approximately 1990 and 2000, Blasczak hosted slumber parties at his home which were attended by minor females between the ages of seven and 12. On several occasions, the defendant entered the room in which the minor females were sleeping, manipulated their clothing, and subjected them to sexual contact. This behavior typically consisted of Blasczak touching private areas of the minors’ bodies. The defendant also took photographs of the minors’ exposed private areas when he was able to remove their clothing. Blasczak engaged in as many as 40 different incidents of such sexual conduct involving approximately eight to 10 minor females.
• The defendant also stole children’s underwear from various places, including a friend’s house, for his sexual gratification.
• In his position at the Clyde Family Health Center, Blasczak took nude photographs of the genitals of multiple minor female patients at his medical office. The defendant represented to parents that the photographs were needed for a “study,” which was neither sanctioned, funded, nor approved by any official medical body or learning institution. During a search of the defendant’s medical office, Homeland Security Special Agents discovered prepubescent child sex dolls, and novels that the defendant wrote concerning the sexual abuse of children. 

During the course of the investigation, Homeland Security Special Agents conducted interviews with close to 30 individuals who were exposed to some type of inappropriate conduct by the defendant.

“The defendant occupied one of the greatest positions of trust in our society. He betrayed that trust by hurting children rather than healing them,” stated U.S. Attorney Kennedy. “As a result of his predatory behavior, Dr. Blasczak will likely spend the rest of his natural life in prison. The sentence fulfills our obligation to protect our most vulnerable among us.”

“This case is particularly troubling especially in light of the defendant's role as a doctor who had taken an oath to 'never do harm,'" said Kevin Kelly, Special Agent-in-Charge for HSI Buffalo. “He instead sought opportunities to harm and exploit innocent children. This case shows that HSI is committed to investigating child predators regardless of the positions they hold in society.”

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.