ROCHESTER, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced that Taylor T. Sullivan, 21, of Elmira, NY, pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a minimum penalty of five years in prison, a maximum of 20 years, and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney John J. Field who is handling the case, stated that on April 4, 2017, Sullivan used the instant messaging app Kik to pose a 13 year-old minor female during online chats. The defendant solicited and received images and videos of child pornography. During this activity, commonly referred to as “catfishing,” Sullivan obtained a video from another individual that depicted the rape of a four-year-old girl. In addition to the video, the defendant received more than 600 other images and videos of child pornography, some of which involved prepubescent minors and depictions of violence.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Richard Allen, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert.
Sentencing is scheduled for August 16, 2018, at 11:00 a.m. before Judge Larimer.