ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced today that Christopher Everhardt, 31, of Ovid, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with receiving and possessing child pornography. The charges carry a minimum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20 years.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, over a period of at least two years, Everhardt downloaded and offered to trade multiple files containing photographs and videos of child pornography, some involving children as young as five years old.
The defendant made an initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Marian W. Payson and is being held. Everhardt is due back in court on September 3, 2015, at 9:00 a.m.
The criminal complaint is the result of/culmination of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge J. Michael Kennedy.
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.