BUFFALO, N.Y. – A federal grand jury in Buffalo has returned a nine-count indictment charging an upstate New York man with production of child pornography, distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography. Production of child pornography carries a mandatory minimum term of 15 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. This investigation is being conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
According to the indictment, the Dunkirk (N.Y.) Police Department seized a computer from the home of Roger S. "Scotti" Luczkowiak, 31, of Dunkirk, on June 1, 2011. A forensic analysis of the computer found multiple images and videos of child pornography, including two videos that appeared to be produced by the defendant at his home with a six-year-old victim. Some of the images included the victim and the defendant.
The defendant has been in custody since his arrest in August 2011. Luczkowiak will be arraigned on the indictment on Dec. 29, 2011 at 9:30 a.m., before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy.
This investigation is part of Operation Predator, a nationwide ICE 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. ICE HSI encourages the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE 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 and Exploited Children, an Operation Predator partner, at 1-800-843-5678 or http://www.cybertipline.com.
The indictment is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents with ICE HSI; the Dunkirk Police Department; 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 the defendant's computer.
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.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango is prosecuting this case on behalf of the U.S. government.