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Steuben County man pleads guilty to possession of child pornography

STAFF REPORTS


ROCHESTER -- U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Christopher Kelly, 56, of Painted Post, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography, before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that in April 2018, an undercover FBI Special Agent determined that a computer at the defendant’s address in Painted Post was sharing child pornography. A federal search warrant was executed in November 2018 during which investigators seized several of Kelly’s digital devices. A forensic analysis revealed that the devices contained approximately 251 images and five videos containing child pornography, some of which involved prepubescent minors, as well as children being subjected to violence.

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

Sentencing is scheduled for October 30, 2019, before Judge Wolford.

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