05/04/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/04/2021 16:26
CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051
BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Ronald Longhini, 59, of Warsaw, NY, was arrested and charged by complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 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 21, 2021, an undercover law enforcement officer identified an IP address downloading videos of suspected child pornography from a peer to peer sharing network. The IP address was traced to the defendant's residence in Warsaw. Similar videos of suspected child pornography were also downloaded in February and March 2021. The videos included pre-pubescent minors engaged in sexual acts with adults. On April 28, 2021, investigators seized several digital items during the execution of a search warrant at Longhini's residence.
The defendant made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was held pending a detention hearing on May 6, 2021, at 2:45 p.m.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Steve Belongia; the Wyoming County Sheriff's Office, under the direction of Sheriff Gregory J. Rudolph; and the Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief James P. Stauffiger.
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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