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User of child porn sent to state prison

LOCKPORT – A Lancaster man who told a probation officer he’d rather go to jail on a child pornography charge than spend time on probation got his wish Friday, with a sentence of one to three years in state prison.

Jonathan Libraire, 33, of Central Avenue, had pleaded guilty in December 2013 to attempted promotion of a sexual performance by a child, and Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon sentenced him to six months in the County Jail to start a five-year probation term. That time will count toward the state prison sentence.

Assistant Public Defender Michael E. Benedict attempted to walk back Libraire’s statement, saying the defendant got a full-time job three weeks ago and now was motivated to stay out of jail. Sheldon didn’t agree, although she complimented Benedict. “After I read the presentence report yesterday, I couldn’t think of what you might say on behalf of this young man,” the judge told Benedict.

Libraire was charged when a Niagara County sheriff’s deputy, monitoring Internet traffic as part of an FBI task force, downloaded 700 videos of child porn from Libraire’s computer.