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South Buffalo man arrested on child porn charges

A South Buffalo man was arrested Tuesday and charged with production and possession of child pornography after federal agents reported finding sexually explicit photos of male children on his laptop computer, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced.

Daniel Huzinec, 23, of Marilla Street, allegedly shared child pornography with an agent on a peer-to-peer website in December, according to a criminal complaint.

The laptop and other items were seized Tuesday from Huzinec’s residence during the execution of a search warrant, the complaint stated. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 30 years and a $250,000 fine.

During an initial appearance Tuesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, Hochul said it was indicated that Huzinec works at two different organizations involving minor age children: Child and Family Services and the Boy Scouts of America.

The criminal complaint states that Huzinec admitted improperly touching a boy while he was sleeping and using a cell phone to take photos of another sleeping boy’s genitals.

Authorities urged anyone with information regarding Huzinec to contact the Buffalo Office of Homeland Security Investigations at 565-2039, Ext. 105, and ask for Special Agent Leroy Oswald.

Huzinec was detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Thursday.

The indictment is the culmination of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent in Charge James C. Spero.