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Child porn suspect ordered to remain in custody over victimizing of children

Daniel Huzinec’s work with the Boy Scouts and Child and Family Services gave him access to children, prosecutors say.

And he victimized at least two of them, they now allege.

“We know of two known victims,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael DiGiacomo said in court Thursday. “And these were both individuals in the care and custody of the defendant.”

DiGiacomo declined to elaborate on the second victim’s relationship with Huzinec but suggested that the new evidence is credible enough to require the South Buffalo man’s continued detention.

Huzinec, 23, was arrested Tuesday and charged with production and possession of child pornography after federal agents reported finding sexually explicit photos of boys on his laptop computer.

Department of Homeland Security agents say Huzinec also admitted improperly touching an underage boy in his volunteer capacity with the Boy Scouts and using a cellphone to take photos of a sleeping boy’s genitals.

Prosecutors say Huzinec also was involved with underage children as part of his job with Child and Family Services of Erie County.

“He works with foster children, who are some of the most vulnerable children in our community,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephanie O. Lamarque.

During a hearing before U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott, Lamarque argued that Huzinec was both a flight risk and a danger to the community.

Defense attorney Mark J. Mahoney said there is no evidence that Huzinec would flee and suggested the government’s request for detention is because of the high-profile nature of the case.

Lamarque responded by referring to the victims and the seriousness of the allegations against Huzinec.

“This isn’t a display for the media,” she said. “We’re trying to protect the safety of the community.”

Huzinec was arrested as the result of evidence developed by Homeland Security Investigations, under Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The allegations in this case are particularly troubling because of the defendant’s access to young people,” said James C. Spero, special agent in charge of the Buffalo office. “Some predators mistakenly believe the anonymity of cyberspace shields them from scrutiny when, in fact, their use of computers gives us new tools in our efforts to protect children.”

Scott ordered Huzinec held in federal custody until the two sides meet again Monday in his courtroom. He also made it clear that the government’s concerns about Huzinec’s danger to the community are foremost on his mind.

“It’s not an issue,” the judge said of the government’s concern about Huzinec fleeing, “but danger is.”

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