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Former Holley teacher pleads guilty to child pornography

Staff Reports Posted 20 January 2017 at 5:28 pm

ROCHESTER – A former Holley teacher pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and could face up to 10 years in prison.

Steven Choi, 41, of Rochester pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Elizabeth A. Wolford. He was an English teacher at Holley but no longer works for the district.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that the FBI Child Exploitation Task Force identified the defendant accessing child pornography online. A forensic examination of that computer recovered sexually explicit photographs of prepubescent girls, according to a news release from Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr.

Sentencing is scheduled for May 15, 2017, at 3:00 p.m. before Judge Wolford.

The plea is the culmination of an investigation by Special Agents of Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in- Charge Adam S. Cohen. 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.

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