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Jamestown Man Sentenced In Child Porn Case

A Jamestown man has been sentenced to 12 1/2 years in prison after being convicted of receiving and possessing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. announced Friday that Matthew Bailer, 35, was sentenced to serve 150 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by Chief U.S. District Judge Frank P. Geraci Jr.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, who handled the case, stated that on July 11, 2018, the Jamestown Police Department received a complaint from a parent that her minor children may have been sexually abused by the city man. The parent stated that she was told by the Bailer’s sister that a series of concerning pictures, sexual in nature, were sent on a Nokia cellphone that was used by Bailer.

“The initial complaint was received by our department and followed up by one of our juvenile detectives,” then-Police Chief Harry Snellings said in August 2018. “When it was discovered that telecommunications was involved we contacted our local FBI office for assistance.”

Bailer was subsequently arrested on a warrant out of Missouri related to a burglary case. During a search of the phone, investigators recovered several hundred images of images of child pornography involving sexually explicit conduct by prepubescent and pubescent children.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Jamestown Police Department.

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