>Albion man, 46, arrested on child pornography charge
A 46-year-old Albion man has been arrested on a felony pornography charge after being accused of possessing a computer disc showing lewd photos of a young girl, authorities said.
Allen Dise, a manager in the graphics department of The Buffalo News, was arrested at his Albion home Saturday night and charged with possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child.
The Erie County district attorney's office and state police at Boston said the computer disc contained between 15 and 20 photos of a young girl, who appeared to be under 10 years old.
Following Dise's arrest, he was fired from his job at The News.
Law enforcement officials said the case began late last week, when Dise gave a disc to a co-worker, thinking it was a blank disc. The co-worker saw the photographs and contacted an editor, who reported the incident to authorities.
"Once we were alerted to the event, we brought the State Police in, and they began their investigation, which culminated in going to the subject's home," Erie County District Attorney Frank J. Clark said. "He gave them a statement, and additional materials were seized."
Dise was arraigned on the Class E felony and freed on $5,000 bail.
Law enforcement officials said a Class E felony is punishable by a maximum of 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison, with a minimum of probation. First-time offenders with no aggravating circumstances typically are sentenced to probation and counseling.
However, anyone found guilty of possessing such obscene materials is listed on the state's Sex Offender Registry.