Protecting Children — Western New York RCFL Aids Successful Project Safe Childhood Prosecution

Justin Jeffrey Amato, 28 will spend the next seven years in federal prison for possessing child pornography on his computer. The Western New York RCFL examined Amato's computer as part of an investigation brought under Project Safe Childhood.

6/6/11: Protecting Children — Western New York RCFL Aids Successful Project Safe Childhood Prosecution

Justin Jeffrey Amato, 28 will spend the next seven years in federal prison for possessing child pornography on his computer. The Western New York RCFL examined Amato's computer and confirmed the existence of 133 images and 34 videos of child pornography — many were of children less than 12 years old. According to a press release issued by the Department of Justice, some of the images and videos were violent in nature. The case was brought under Project Safe Childhood.

Amato obtained the images using a file sharing program through the Internet. The FBI's Buffalo Division conducted an investigation into his actions and he was indicted by a grand jury in 2009. Upon completing his prison term, Amato will be subjected to five years of 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 or Exploited Children's (NCMEC) Cyber tipline on 1-800-843-5678.

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