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2018-01-11 / Local News

Buffalo man sentenced to 10 years prison time for child porn

A 43-year-old Buffalo man was sentenced to 10 years in prison and 20 years supervised release after being found guilty of possession of child pornography, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr.

Joshua Butler, whose conviction was assisted by a Cheektowaga police investigation, must also pay $3,000 in restitution to victims, according to the sentencing handed down Monday by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Butler was convicted in state court of one count of promoting a sexual performance by a child in April 2016 and was subsequently sentenced to 10 years probation, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen Jr., who handled the case.

On July 19, 2016, an Erie County probation officer searched Butler’s residence and recovered two cellphones with internet capabilities. As a condition of his probation, Butler was prohibited from possessing such devices. A forensic examination determined that one phone contained more than 300 images of child pornography, some of which depicted children younger than 12, as well as images of violence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen; Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly; and the Cheektowaga Police Department, under the direction of Chief David Zack.

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