BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A teacher from Batavia has been arrested and is facing multiple child pornography charges.
The U.S. Attorney's Office announced Derek Hagen, 29 of Batavia, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with producing, receiving, distributing and possessing child pornography.
According to the complaint, in September 2020 Snapchat sent a cybertip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding a user that uploaded images of child pornography to a group chat. New York State police identified Hagen after NCMEC traced the user to Western New York.
The U.S. Attorney's office said investigators confiscated two computers and a cell phone from Hagen's apartment in Mount Morris in July 2021 and a forensic analysis allegedly uncovered a pattern of child exploitation activity.
Hagen allegedly actively produced and distributed child pornography in online chats. According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, in the chats Hagen and others allegedly traded child pornography and discussed specific children they sexually abused or wanted to sexually abuse. The U.S. Attorney's Office said analysts have recovered approximately 50,000 images and videos of child pornography on Hagen’s devices.
According to the complaint Hagen worked in several teaching, substitute teaching and child care positions including:
- Brockport Childhood Development Center
- Batavia City School District
- Pembroke Central School District
- Dansville Central School District
The U.S. Attorney's Office asks anyone who may have information related to this case to contact Homeland Security Investigations at (716) 464-6070 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years and a maximum of 30 years in prison.
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