DUNKIRK - A Dunkirk man is facing 10 years in prison after child pornography charges were leveled against him Friday.
Roger S. Luczkowiak, 31, of Ruggles Street, has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr., of the Western District of New York Court. The charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a fine of $250,000.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango stated that defendant was charged Friday based on evidence that was located on a computer seized June 1 from the Luczkowiak's residence by the Dunkirk Police Department.
Roger S. Luczkowiak
The computer was then forensically analyzed and allegedly found to contain multiple images and videos of child pornography, including two videos that officials say appear to be homemade videos by Luczkowiak.
These two videos depict an adult male, which officials later say was determined to be Luczkowiak, conducting graphic acts involving a 6-year-old female victim. A tattoo is visible on the back of the right hand of Luczkowiak in these videos.
Both of these videos contain audio of the defendant talking to and giving instruction to the minor female victim. Images were also discovered from the computer involving both Luczkowiak and the victim.
An initial appearance was held on Friday before the Honorable Jeremiah J. McCarthy, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge, at which time Luczkowiak entered a not guilty plea. A detention hearing was conducted at which time Luczkowiak was ordered detained pending the resolution of the case. A status conference was scheduled for Sept. 29, at 11 a.m., before Magistrate Judge McCarthy.
"Cases such as these are very disturbing and thanks to the cooperative efforts of everyone involved we were able to arrest and remove this subject from our Community. I want to commend Detective Mark Mathews for his diligence on this investigation as well as all the agencies who assisted in this investigation," Dunkirk Police Chief David C. Ortolano said.
Detective Mathews wanted to thank New York State Police Investigator John Lombardi.
"I appreciate all the help and work Investigator Lombardi put in on the case," Mathews said.
The arrest on this case is a culmination of an extensive investigation by the City of Dunkirk Police Department with the assistance of the New York State Police, Department of Homeland Security, Chautauqua County District Attorney Office, US Attorney's Office, the FBI and the New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Additional assistance was provided by the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, which conducted the forensic analysis of Luczkowiak's computer.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys' Offices and the Criminal Division's Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
If you are aware of any children that have had contact with Luczkowiak, call the U.S. Attorney's Office at 1-800-320-0682 and leave a message with your contact information.