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BUFFALO, NY – U.S. lawyer Trini E. Ross today announced that a federal jury has convicted Joshua A. Schohn, 31, of Akron, NY, of two heads of child pornography and two heads possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a combined maximum sentence of 100 years and a fine of $ 250,000.
Assistant US prosecutors Charles M. Kruly and Laura A. Higgins, who handled the case, said that according to the criminal complaint and evidence presented at trial, the mother-of-two said in March 2019 that she had recently discovered child pornography on a laptop belonging to her ex-boyfriend, the accused. Additionally, the complainant testified that Schohn took nude videos of her daughters, then aged eight and six (Victim 1 and Victim 2). The accused was arrested by New York State Police for assault and possession of a sex show by a child.
During the investigation, state and federal investigators determined that Schohn’s laptop contained more than 5,000 images and videos of child pornography. Investigators also learned that, during an October 2018 trip to a water park in Erie, Pa., The accused produced child pornography involving Victims 1 and 2. Schohn admitted to police investigators from New York State that he had been collecting child pornography for the past five years.
The verdict is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Buffalo Office, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge Stephen Belongia, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major James Lobby.
Sentencing is scheduled for February 23, 2022 at 11:30 am before US District Judge Richard J. Arcara who presided over the trial of the case.
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