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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Gregory Pum, 47, of Rochester, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receipt and possession of child pornography after having previously been convicted of a sexual offense. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum of 40 years, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that in January 2014, Pum was convicted of Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child less than 16 Years of Age, and sentenced to 10 years’ probation. In July 2014, Pum violated his probation and was resentenced to 1 to 3 years in state prison. He was paroled in May 2015 and placed on the sex offender registry. In May 2022, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) received a CyberTipline Report that 29 files of suspected child pornography had been uploaded to an account belong to Pum. NCMEC alerted the New York State Police, who subsequently learned of seven additional CyberTips Google submitted, all of which traced back to Pum. On June 10, 2022, NYSP investigators executed a search warrant at Pum’s residence, seizing several digital devices, including cell phones and tablets. A preliminary forensic review recovered approximately 20 images and five videos containing child pornography.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Brian Ratajczak, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Darren Cox, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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originally published at HUMAN RIGHTS - USA DAILY NEWS 24