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Ken-Ton district employee arrested on federal child pornography charges

A 50-year-old Amherst man arrested and jailed Wednesday on federal child pornography charges is a technician for the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda Union Free School District, district officials said Wednesday.

Timothy Murphy was arrested, his Kings Highway home was searched, and 123 images and one video of alleged child pornography were seized by federal authorities. U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. said that if convicted, Murphy faces a prison term of up to 20 years and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Scott S. Allen Jr. said authorities got complaints about Murphy in mid-October. A forensic examination of a computer seized at Murphy’s home led to his arrest Wednesday because the exam disclosed the child pornography, some involving children younger than 12 and some containing depictions of violence, Allen said.

At Murphy’s initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Hugh B. Scott, according to Hochul, he was remanded to jail pending a detention hearing next Tuesday afternoon.

The school district said Murphy was placed on administrative leave after his arrest. The school district said the computer Murphy was using for his alleged child pornography efforts “did not involve district property.”