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BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Jacob V. Schmidbauer, 41, of Lancaster, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with production and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, on January 8, 2023, the Lancaster Police Department received information that Schmidbauer allegedly recorded a sexually explicit video of a minor female victim. During the course of the investigation, law enforcement seized a total of 22 electronic devices that belong to Schmidbauer as well as an SD card. A review of the SD card recovered 32 video clips, which included the sexually explicit video of the minor female victim.
Schmidbauer made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Lancaster Police Department, under the direction of William Karn, Jr., and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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