Buffalo, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday that James Paul Summers, 29, of Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty before Chief U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, to production and possession of child pornography.
Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum penalty of 30 years. Possession of child pornography is punishable by a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.
Summers will be sentenced September 16.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, stated that the defendant took pornographic images of a six year old and an eight year old. Some of the images were taken in his apartment on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls and others were taken in a car. Summers also possessed child pornography on his computer that he obtained from the Internet.
In 1998, after being charged with attempting to abduct young girls on different occasions at the Wildwood Acres in the Town of Niagara and Leisure Acres in the Town of Lockport, Summers pleaded guilty to burglary. He was just 15 years old when he took a four year old out of her bedroom. Summers was sentenced to 2-1/3 to 7 years in state prison.
"This case should serve as a warning to anyone who may consider harming a child," said Hochul. "Our Office takes these crimes, which often have a lasting impact on victims, very seriously."