BUFFALO, N.Y.–( release) U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced late Friday that Roger Luczkowiak, 31, of Dunkirk, NY, has been charged by Complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was arrested today based on evidence that was located on a computer seized from his residence on June 1, 2011 by the Dunkirk Police Department. A forensic analysis of the computer found multiple images and videos of child pornography, including two videos that appeared to be made by the defendant. The videos contain graphic images involving a six year old victim. They also contain audio of the defendant talking to and giving instructions to victim. Graphic images were also recovered from the computer which include the victim and the defendant.
The defendant appeared before Magistrate Judge Jeremiah McCarthy this afternoon. Luczkowiak entered a not guilty plea and was ordered detained pending the resolution of the case. A status conference is scheduled for September 29, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. before Magistrate Judge McCarthy.
“Protecting our children is one of the greatest responsibilities we as adults have,” said U.S. Attorney Hochul. “Our Office will continue to work vigorously with all levels of law enforcement to bring to justice any individual who seeks to harm a child. I would also urge the public to partner with us and watch out for those who are the most vulnerable. If you see something say something, and if you say something, my commitment is that law enforcement will do something.”
"Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is aggressively targeting individuals who engage in child pornography crimes," said James Spero, Special Agent in Charge of HSI in Buffalo. "Protecting the children in our communities is one my offices highest priorities. I applaud the Dunkirk Police Department who not only brought this case to the attention of HSI, but is partnering with us in the investigation of these alleged acts by this defendant. With the combined efforts of our law enforcement partners in Western New York and throughout the nation, we will utilize all of our resources and efforts to protect the most vulnerable members of our society, our children.”
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The arrest was the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of James C. Spero, Special Agent-In-Charge; the Dunkirk Police Department, under the direction of Chief David C. Ortolano, and the New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, under the direction of Captain Frank A. Pace. Additional assistance was provided by the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, which conducted the forensic analysis of the defendant’s computer.
If you are aware of any children that have had contact with the defendant, please call the U.S. Attorney’s Office at 1-800-320-0682 and leave a message with your contact information.
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.