BUFFALO, NY ( FBI release) Richard W. Kollmar, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Buffalo Division, announced the arrest of Timothy Bek, 25 years old, of West Seneca, New York, on June 2, 2011. Beck is charged with violating Title 18 United States Code 2252(a) (Possession of Child Pornography).
Bek’s arrest followed an investigation initiated by the FBI Buffalo’s Cyber Task Force (BCTF), which is comprised of members from the FBI, Cheektowaga Police Department, Buffalo Police Department, and Niagara County Sheriff’s Office. The BCTF worked this case jointly with the West Seneca Police Department, under the direction of Chief Edward F. Gehen, and the Western New York Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (WNYRCFL).
Bek is a former long term substitute teacher in the West Seneca Central School District. Forensic examinations of digital media at the WNYRCFLrevealed that Bek utilized at least one fictitious Facebook account in the name of “Sarah Grayson,” to entice minors, including students from his school district. Several students sent Bek explicit images of themselves. As events unfolded, it appears Bek may have used some of the images he received to blackmail the victims into sending him additional increasingly explicit images.
As the investigation continues, Law enforcement is identifying victims and welcomes additional information that may assist in the investigation. If anyone has information regarding Bek or the fictitious Sarah Grayson Facebook account they should contact the FBI at 716-856-7800.
According to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., Timothy Bek is charged with possession of child pornography which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000. The defendant appeared in U.S. District Court yesterday and was ordered detained by Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy. U.S. Attorney Hochul stated "our office, along with our federal, state and local partners, take any alleged crime involving children very seriously and we will vigorously prosecute anyone who attempts to violate the law."
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.