A Buffalo man pleaded guilty in federal court to distributing child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul's office announced Friday.
John Crandall, 33, was accused of obtaining child pornography from the Internet and other sources and distributed the material to at least one other person between March 2010 and March 2011. In August 2011, authorities found over 600 images of child pornography at his residence. Some images included children younger than 12 as well as depictions of violence, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O'Donnell.
Crandall faces up to 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and a fine of $250,000. He is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 15 in U.S. District Court Chief Judge William M. Skretny. The investigation was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice.