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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that a federal grand jury has returned an indictment charging Craig Marranca, 32, of Buffalo, NY, with distribution 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.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Laura A. Higgins, who is handling the case, stated that according to the indictment, on September 18, 2017, the defendant distributed child pornography. In addition, on October 27, 2017, Marranca possessed images of child pornography on a laptop computer and a hard drive. Some of the images depicted a prepubescent minor and a minor younger than 12 years old.
The defendant was arraigned this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and released on conditions. The indictment is are the result of an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.
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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