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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced today that Robert Chapline, 61, of Hamburg, NY, who was convicted of production of child pornography, was sentenced to serve 30 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci, Jr.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron J. Mango and Caitlin Higgins, who handled the case, stated that between February 13, 2016, and October 2, 2017, the defendant coerced a minor (Victim) to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions. In February 2016, Chapline took photographs of the Victim getting out of a shower and then posing in a bedroom. The defendant engaged in sexual contact with the Victim on several occasions between 2012 and 2017.
The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia; the Hamburg Police Department, under the direction of Chief Kevin Trask; and the Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.
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