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Feds accuse Newfane man of targeting old female classmates in porn case

To hear prosecutors talk, Timothy Laubacker liked to collect old photos of the girls in his high school class in Newfane.

The problem is that the photos were sexually explicit and often taken without the knowledge of the victims, they say.

It was one of those photos that ultimately led to Laubacker’s arrest and the allegation that he victimized two people, one now an adult and one still an underage girl.

And prosecutors say more victims are out there.

“This is just the first wave,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten said Tuesday. “The investigation is continuing.”

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Baumgarten said Laubacker, 22, targeted women who attended Newfane High School between 2009 and 2011 and often boasted of his desire for a complete collection of photos.

She claims Laubacker also targeted a 15-year-old girl at a children’s psychiatric center where he worked as a behavioral health aide and ran group therapy sessions. She said he was fired because of inappropriate communication with the girl.

The criminal charges against Laubacker range from the sexual exploitation of children to cyberstalking and include allegations that he produced and distributed child pornography.

The indictment also charges Travis Guerriera, who prosecutors claim was trading photos with Laubacker.

“They called them ‘wins,’  ” Baumgarten said of the language Laubacker and Guerriera used to describe new photos they obtained. “This is a joke to the defendants. They laugh about it.”

During his bail hearing Tuesday, Laubacker’s lawyers challenged the government’s case and wondered aloud why it took them nearly a year after the initial complaint to charge him with a crime.

“As he sits here, he is presumed innocent,” said Fonda Dawn Kubiak, an assistant federal public defender.

U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder ordered Laubacker held in home confinement without access to computers, phones or other digital technology.

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