BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that a federal jury has convicted Paul F. Archambault, Jr., 29, of Buffalo, NY, of production, receipt and possession of child pornography. The charges carry a mandatory minimum penalty of 25 years in prison, a maximum of 50 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Aaron J. Mango and Scott S. Allen, Jr., who handled the prosecution of the case, stated that in August 2012, the defendant contacted the minor victim via MeetMe.com, a social networking website. Archambault later enticed that minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions. The defendant was also found guilty of two counts of receipt of child pornography for images he obtained from the minor victim via email, and one count of possessing child pornography on a SD card, located within one of the defendant’s two cellular phones.
Archambault was previously convicted of possessing child pornography in the Northern District of New York in 2009.
The trial verdict is the result of an investigation on the part of Agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Marshals Service, under the direction of Charles Salina.
Sentencing is scheduled for December 22, 2015 before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara who presided over the trial of the case.