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California man accused of child porn involving 14-year-old Cattaraugus girl

A federal grand jury has indicted a California man on child pornography charges involving a 14-year-old from Cattaraugus County.

Loren G. Warner, 27, of Fresno, was arraigned Friday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer, according to Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. The indictment charges Warner with production, receipt and possession of child pornography, which carries a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison.

The case stems from a complaint in January, after Warner met the 14-year-old at her family's church in Cattaraugus County and the two began communicating via Facebook and Snapchat, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Mary Catherine Baumgarten.

Warner, who knew the victim was 14 years old, began making sexual references and statements, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He is accused of sending sexually explicit images of himself to the victim, then asking for and receiving nude photos of the victim.

In March, Warner pleaded guilty to second-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a minor in Cattaraugus County Court and is scheduled to be sentenced on those charges July 12.

Kennedy credited Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security, State Police and the Cattaraugus County District Attorney’s Office with the investigation.

 

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