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Former Boy Scout leader faces sentencing in child pornography case

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Posted at 2:53 PM, Jan 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 14:53:56-05

A former Boy Scout leader has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges and faces up to 20 years in prison.

According to Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie Lamarque, Daniel Huzinec, 25, of Buffalo shared pictures of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct on a peer to peer website in December 2014. This included sexual abuse of children by adults and children engaging in sexual activity with other children.

According to Lamarque, Homeland Security Investigations executed a search warrant on January 27, 2015 at Huzinec's residence on Marilla Street. Agents took several items, including a laptop.

During the search, Huzinec admitted to taking several sexually explicit pictures of a sleeping 16-year-old boy with his cell phone in January 2015.

Evidence from Huzinec's residence found the pictures he admitted taking, as well as other images and videos of child pornography.

Officers also discovered Huzinec persuaded a 15-year-old boy, a former member of his Boy Scout Troop, to send him sexually explicit pictures by creating a fake email account and pretending to be a teenage girl. These pictures from November 2014 were also found on the computer.

Huzinec faces sentencing on April 27. His charges carry a minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20, with a $250,000 fine.