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Buffalo man pleads guilty to child porn possession

A Buffalo man who obtained images of child pornography over the internet that were later discovered by an undercover FBI agent faces a maximum 20 years in prison.

Michael V. Secchiaroli, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara to possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor.

Secchiaroli was found to possess images of child pornography that he had obtained over the internet and stored on a laptop computer, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango.

A special agent with the FBI, acting in an undercover capacity, logged onto a peer-to-peer file-sharing program and downloaded seven images of child pornography from an individual sharing those images from a particular IP address. An investigation revealed that the IP address was associated with Secchiaroli’s residence.

Secchiaroli admitted that he had been using publicly available peer-to-peer software to download, possess, and view child pornography, proscutors said. A review of Secchiaroli’s electronic devices uncovered 31 images of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Secchiaroli is scheduled to be sentenced on May 1 before Arcara.

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