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Tonawanda man facing child pornography charge after hidden camera was discovered

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Feb 03, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-03 14:14:56-05

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Tonwanda man was arrested and faces a child pornography charge after a hidden camera was discovered.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says 44-year-old Andrew Vallone was charged by criminal complaint with attempting to produce child pornography.

Officials say an individual contacted Town of Tonawanda police after allegedly discovering a video depicting a child wearing only a pair of underwear on a desktop computer that belonged to Vallone.

A further investigation by the Town of Tonawanda police and the FBI on January 23 alleges Vallone had a hidden camera in a location that allowed him to film the victim.

"The MicroSD card recovered from that hidden camera contained numerous images which depicted the Victim in various states of undress. Additionally, on January 29, 2021, the New York State Police contacted investigators regarding an email that Vallone sent to a mental health counselor. In the email, the defendant stated that he liked to look at younger girls and 'I need help,'" a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office says.