BUFFALO — An Alexander man was arrested on federal charges that he secretly videotaped a child and used it to produce child pornography.

Christopher Brown, 40, of Dodgeson Road, was arrested Monday and charged with production of child pornography, which carries a minimum sentence of 15 and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, who is handling the case, said that in April, a law enforcement officer working online undercover discovered a sexually explicit video, which included a pre-pubescent female who appeared to be between 9 and 11 years old. The IP address was traced to the defendant’s Dodgeson Road residence.

On July 17, a federal search warrant was executed at the residence. Investigators seized several items, including three cellular telephones and a computer.

In addition, a DVD was recovered that contained explicit video of child pornography that was allegedly produced by the defendant using a hidden camera in his bathroom. In addition, investigators recovered four firearms, including two rifles and two pistols, and ammunition.

Brown is being detained pending further action in U.S. District Court.

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