DANSVILLE — A Dansville man is facing federal charges in connection with a child pornography investigation that begin in July 2019.
Cody Burgess, 29, was arrested and charged with production, receipt and distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography involving prepubescent minors, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Rochester.
The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and a maximum of 30 years in prison.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan K. McGuire, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in July 2019, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a tip that an individual using the e-mail address “email@example.com” and the username “cody428,” had uploaded two images of child pornography in June 2019.
Subsequent investigation traced the e-mail address and user name to the defendant, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
On July 30, 2019, State Police executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence on Van Campen Street in Dansville, and seized an Apple iPad Mini. During a review of the iPad Mini, the two images referenced in the tip to NCMEC were recovered. The iPad Mini also contained a video depicting a prepubescent female changing out of a two piece bathing suit, who appeared to have no knowledge of the fact that she was being video recorded. Another 32 images of child pornography were found on the iPad Mini as well as 41 images of child erotica, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Burgess was arrested July 30, 2019, and charged with promoting a sexual performance by a child younger than 17 years old and possession of a sexual performance by a child, both felonies, State Police said at the time.
The complaint is the result of an investigation by the State Police and Homeland Security Investigations.