Gasport man accused of child porn charges

GASPORT – A Gasport man was indicted Monday in federal court on charges that he possessed child pornography. Jason Willis, 36, was charged Monday with unlawful possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography that had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by means of a computer, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn announced Wednesday.

CRIME: Gasport man accused of child porn charges

Source: Lockport Union-Sun & Journal
Published: June 12, 2008 01:50 am
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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal

GASPORT – A Gasport man was indicted Monday in federal court on charges that he possessed child pornography.

Jason Willis, 36, was charged Monday with unlawful possession, distribution and receipt of child pornography that had been shipped and transported in interstate and foreign commerce by means of a computer, U.S. Attorney Terrance P. Flynn announced Wednesday.

The charges followed a search warrant on Willis' computer, signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Kenneth Schroeder Jr. and executed by agents from the FBI.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles B. Wydysh, the Regional Computer Forensic Library searched the computer and reportedly found numerous child pornography images and files.

Willis allegedly traded in those files over the Internet.

The charges of receipt and distribution each carry a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, with a minimum of five years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

The possession charge carries a minimum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, or both.

Wydysh will handle the trail of the case.

The case was part of Project Safe Childhood, created by the U.S. Attorney General in 2006 to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. The project brings together federal, state and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute people who possess or distribute child pornography.