BUFFALO, N.Y. – A Pennsylvania man was sentenced to two years in federal prison, to be followed by five years of supervised release, for possession of child pornography. The sentence is the result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Niagara, Canada, Regional Police Service.
Graham Godbey, 25, of Allentown, Pa., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Richard J. Arcara.
On June 29, 2010, the defendant attempted to enter Canada from the United States at the Peace Bridge in Buffalo. During an inspection of Godbey's vehicle by the Canada Border Services Agency, officers recovered a laptop computer which contained images of child pornography.
This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide HSI initiative to protect children from sexual predators, including those who travel overseas for sex with minors, Internet child pornographers, criminal alien sex offenders and child sex traffickers. HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-347-2423 or by completing its online tip form. Both are staffed around the clock by investigators.
Suspected child sexual exploitation or missing children may be reported to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, via its toll-free 24-hour hotline, 1-800-843-5678.
HSI is a founding member and current chair of the Virtual Global Taskforce, an international alliance of law enforcement agencies and private industry sector partners working together to prevent and deter online child sexual abuse.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Fauzia K. Mattingly, Western District of New York, prosecuted this case on behalf of the U.S. government.