Cattaraugus Woman Sentenced To 10 Years In Prison For Distributing Child Pornography

Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.
Using computer to commit a crime in darkness.

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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Melanie Thompson, 47, of Cattaraugus, NY, who was convicted of distribution of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 10 years in prison by U.S. District Judge John L. Sinatra, Jr. 

Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey T. Fiut, who handled the case, stated that between January 9, 2017, and March 6, 2020, the defendant took sexually explicit photographs of Minor Victim 1in furtherance of her plan to impersonate Victim 1. Thereafter, Thompson, while impersonating Victim 1, engaged in conversations of a sexual nature with two minor male victims (Victims 2 and 3) and one adult. During those conversations, the defendant solicited a sexually explicit picture from Victim 2; sent, via social media, the sexually explicit photograph she had taken of Victim 1 to Victim 3, receiving two sexually explicit images in return from Victim 3; and while impersonating Victim 1 and engaging in sexual conversations with an adult male over social media, sent such male the sexually explicit photographs she had taken of Victim 1.

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The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the Cattaraugus County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Timothy S. Whitcomb.

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