Western New York RCFL Supported Successful Project Safe Childhood Prosecution
3/15/12: Western New York RCFL Supported Successful Project Safe Childhood Prosecution
James Paul Summers, 30, will spend the next 45 years in prison for producing and possessing child pornography. The Western New York RCFL provided digital forensics expertise to Project Safe Childhood investigators, which included two participating agencies, the FBI's Buffalo Division and the Buffalo Police Department, amongst others who worked the case. Summers had a long criminal history, dating back to when he was 15-years old and was accused of attempting to abduct two young girls on different occasions from their homes.
In a press release issued by the FBI's Buffalo Division on 3/14/12, it stated that the defendant took pornographic images of a 6-year-old and an 8-year-old. Some of the images were taken in his apartment and others were taken in a car. Summers also possessed child pornography on his computer that he obtained from the Internet and distributed child pornography over the Internet using his Yahoo account, Slide.com, and YouTube.
Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny sentenced Summers to 45 years in prison and lifetime supervised release.
It is a federal crime to knowingly possess, manufacture, distribute, or access with intent to view child pornography (18 U.S.C. §2252). To report someone for possessing child pornography, contact your local police department, FBI office, or call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children's (NCMEC) Cyber tipline on 1-800-843-5678. Click here to read NCMEC's child pornography fact sheet.
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