Albion man faces federal child pornography charges
Press Release, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr., Western District of NY
BUFFALO – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Andrew Campbell, 32, of Albion has been arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in July 2018, an individual (witness) contacted the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office after discovering a disturbing video on a desktop computer that belonged to the defendant.
The witness and Campbell lived together on and off and Campbell left the computer at the residence when he was made to vacate the residence by the witness in June 2018. The video depicted a 14-year-old girl going to the bathroom. In addition to the desktop computer, Witness 1 also turned over a laptop computer and hard drive.
A forensic analysis of the desktop, laptop, and hard drive revealed 100 image files and 20 video files that contained child pornography.
The defendant made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and is being held pending a detention hearing on March 1, 2019.
The complaint is a result of an investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Randy Bower, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.
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.
Editor’s Note: Campbell in November was arrested by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office for the unlawful videotaping of minor children. He was charged with two counts of unlawful surveillance in the second degree (felony) and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. That arrest was the result of a three-month investigation by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and the Albion Police Department.