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BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Michael Angstenberger, 46, of North Tonawanda, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession and receipt of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles M. Kruly, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in March 2022, the FBI received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children stating that in late November 2021, a Snapchat user, later identified as Angstenberger, shared or sent two videos containing child pornography. On April 7, 2022, the FBI executed a search warrant at Angstenberger’s residence and seized a Samsung smart phone and Samsung tablet. A review of the phone and tablet recovered approximately 189 images and 13 videos containing child pornography.
Angstenberger made an initial appearance this afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan W. Feldman and was released on conditions, including home detention with location monitoring.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
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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