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Child porn figure from youth sport faces prison Batavian's plea not about fund misuse

The former treasurer for a youth baseball league in Genesee County could face a prison term of up to almost six years after admitting to possession of child pornography that prosecutors say he purchased on the Internet with league funds.

Federal agents allege that Richard L. Dunlap, 40, of Batavia, used funds he stole from the Oakfield-Alabama Little League Association to pay for the child porn and other personal expenses.

Fifteen child porn images -- some depicting children younger than 12 -- were found on a computer that agents seized from Dunlap's home in January, authorities said.

According to court papers, agents allege that Dunlap used league funds to pay for:

* Memberships to adult and child porn Web sites and adult dating Web sites.

* Visits to adult entertainment clubs.

* Purchases at adult book stores.

* A vacation for his family in 2006 to the Walt Disney resort in Florida.

Dunlap admits possessing child porn and has agreed to pay the league $5,559 in restitution, said his attorney, Daniel J. DuBois. But Dunlap has not admitted to using league funds for child porn, adult entertainment or the Disney vacation, DuBois said.

"He has pleaded guilty to the child pornography charge . . . and knows what he did was terribly wrong," DuBois said.

Federal agents remain convinced that Dunlap used league funds to pay for the child porn and other unauthorized activities, said Lev Kubiak, a supervisor of investigations.

DuBois added that there has never been any allegation that Dunlap molested children in the baseball league or elsewhere, and Kubiak concurred on that point.

Dunlap pleaded guilty Sept. 23 before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott. The guilty plea still has to be approved by U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny, who will handle sentencing.

Under advisory federal sentencing guidelines, Dunlap could be sentenced to anywhere from 57 to 71 months in prison. He is also expected to be fined at least $10,000 and will become a registered sex offender.

e-mail: dherbeck@buffnews.com

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