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Man who received sexually explicit photos of minor faces up to 20 years in prison

A North Tonawanda man faces five to 20 years in prison behind bars after he pleaded guilty to receiving images of child pornography over the Internet.

Scott Myers, 26, is scheduled to be sentenced May 23 before Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Myers corresponded with a 14-year-old on an Internet dating site in November 2013, and the two eventually began communicating via text messaging on Kik and Skype.

Authorities said the communications between them were sexually explicit in nature, and included Myers requesting sexually explicit photos from the girl, which she sent and he stored on a thumb drive. A subsequent analysis of the thumb drive revealed about nine images of child pornography depicting the victim.

Myers was aware that the girl was a minor at the time she sent him the sexually explicit images, authorities said. An investigation revealed that Myers also engaged in online sexual communications with another minor, a 13-year-old girl, using Kik and text messaging applications.

In addition to the thumb drive, authorities said Myers also possessed other electronic media onto which he had saved child pornography, including a cellular telephone, two laptop computers and a tablet.

The case was investigated by the FBI, the Cheektowaga Police Department and the Blasdell Police Department.

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