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Man on probation on child porn case arrested for using lap top, having smart phone and thumb drives

A 30-year-old Rochester man on probation for an interstate child porn case was arrested in Buffalo Thursday after federal probation officers reported seeing him in a computer store, violating his probation. Richard Petix was arrested and ordered to remain jailed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Hugh B. Scott pending a preliminary hearing in the case in Buffalo Dec. 16.

According to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. the suspect had been placed on probation after a 2009 federal conviction for knowingly transporting child pornography across state lines. Petix was ordered six years ago to report his use of any computer to his probation officer so it could be examined to ensure he was not again involved in the child porn business.

Thursday he was reported to be in a Buffalo store using a laptop, possessing a computer-linked smartphone and having multiple thumb drivers illegally.

He is now being held on a charge of making materially false statements to federal probation officers and law enforcement officials. If convicted of the new charges, he faces a federal prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $250,000 according to Mr. Hochul.