U.S. Customs and Border Protection Employee Charged with Child Porn

November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM EDT

By John Borsa

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November 15, 2012 Updated Nov 15, 2012 at 12:45 AM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Federal agents have arrested one of their own in a child pornography investigation, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Wednesday.

Steven Metz, 40, of Hamburg, a supervisor with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo, is charged with possession of child pornography.

On August 31, a search warrant was executed for Metz's email accounts. In October, agents raided his Hamburg home.

On October 26, one day after the raid, Metz was involved in a serious car crash after a train struck his vehicle on Lake Avenue in Blasdell, according to sources.

He escaped serious injury and was treated at ECMC.

Metz is in federal custody and could be released following a bail hearing scheduled for Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Agents uncovered various emails the defendant is accused of sending and receiving with images and videos of child pornography involving prepubescent children, according to the criminal complaint.

U.S. Attorney William Hochul held a news conference early in the evening on Wednesday.

Eyewitness News will have more on this developing story at 11:00.