A Rochester man has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
U.S. Attorney William Hochul announced on Wednesday that Scott Wilbert, 41, of Rochester, was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography.
The charge carries a minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum of 20 years.
Investigators stated that according to the complaint, the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force identified the defendant accessing child pornography online.
Officers executed a search warrant at Wilbert’s residence and seized a laptop computer.
A forensic examination of that computer recovered sexually explicit photographs of prepubescent children, some as young as toddlers.
Wilbert made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman. He is due back in federal court for a status hearing on October 6.
The criminal complaint is the culmination of an investigation by the New York State Police and Special Agents of Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force. The task force includes the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Rochester Police Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement-Homeland Security Investigations, and the Greece Police Department.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice.
For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.