BUFFALO - An Alden man faces up to 20 years in federal prison after he was arrested Tuesday and charged with possessing child pornography, U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy Jr. said.

Brandon Kidder, 35, faces a mandatory minimum of five years and a possible maximum of 20 if convicted.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Caitlin M. Higgins, who is handling the case, said the FBI received information in August that a local IP address was accessing Tor. computer network available to Internet users designed specifically to facilitate anonymous communication over the Internet to access child pornography. The IP address was subsequently traced to the defendant.

On Jan. 28, FBI agents executed a search warrant at Kidder’s Sandridge Road apartment in Alden.

Investigators seized two Samsung smartphones, a Thermaltake desktop computer, a Dell laptop computer, and two thumb drives. The two computers were submitted to the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) for a full forensic exam.

An initial search of the Samsung phones and thumb drives recovered videos and images of child pornography, some including infants and depictions of violence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

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