BUFFALO, N.Y.-( RELEASE)- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced today that Daniel Nowakowski, 42, of Orchard Park, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to a felony charge of possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a fine of $250,000 or both.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Charles B. Wydysh, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant was the subject of a search warrant after a joint Federal and State Child Pornography Task Force identified him as a subscriber to a child pornography internet site. Nowakowski also received child pornography in packages mailed from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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 plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of Special Agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Lev Kubiak, Special Agent In Charge.
Sentencing is scheduled for Aug. 12, 2011, at 12:30 p.m. EST, in Buffalo, N.Y., before Judge Arcara.