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Former teacher pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

STAFF REPORTS


BUFFALO -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Scott Aikens, 60, of Clymer, NY, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Murray, who is handling the case, stated that 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 Scott Aikens.

On September 14, 2018, Homeland Security Investigations and the New York State Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Route 474 in Clymer and interviewed Aikens, who admitted that he viewed child pornography and that child pornography would be found on his laptop computer. Investigators seized the laptop and other electronic devices, which were found to contain a total of 683 videos and 22 images of child pornography.

Some of the child pornography possessed by the defendant depicted prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years of age, and some of the child pornography possessed by the defendant contained sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.

At the time of his arrest, the Aikens was a 7-12 grade school teacher with the Clymer Central School District.

The plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 24, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Wolford. 

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