A Williamsville man who is an employee of the village’s Department of Public Works was charged Thursday by the U.S. Justice Department with possession of child pornography depicting minors less than 12 years old.
Troy Malecki, 48, was accused of being part of an online child pornography exchange, according to the office of U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.
According to Hochul’s office, Malecki faces a federal prison term of up to 20 years and a fine of up to $250,000 if convicted as charged.
Williamsville Mayor Brian J. Kulpa told The Buffalo News he suspended Malecki when he was advised of the federal criminal complaint.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen Jr. said Malecki is accused of being part of an online community dedicated to the exchange and discussion of child pornography.
Agents from the FBI on September 15, 2015, used a search warrant and raided Malecki’s home and seized his cellular phone, according to authorities.
Allen said a forensic examination of the phone revealed Malecki was in possession of more than 850 images of child pornography, some of which depicted prepubescent children less than 12 years old.