A Clarence man is being held in lieu of $1 million bail following his arrest by the Erie County Sheriff’s Office on child molestation and pornography charges, authorities announced Friday.
Armed with a court-ordered search warrant, deputies Thursday raided the Milton Lane home of Craig Walek, 49, and seized evidence linked to the manufacture and possession of child pornography, deputies said.
Walek was arraigned before Clarence Town Justice Michael B. Powers.
Walek, who faces grand jury action, was charged with 44 felony counts of use of a child in a sexual performance, second-degree criminal sexual act (sodomy), second-degree rape and possessing a sexual performance by a child.
Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard said Walek was engaged in “ongoing repeated sexual abuse” of the victim.
The suspect is charged with 11 counts of using a child in a sexual performance, each carrying a possible prison term of up to 15 years; one count of criminal sexual act in the second-degree, which carries a possible seven-year prison term; two counts of second-degree rape, each carrying possible seven-year prison terms; and 30 counts of possession a sexual performance by a child, each carrying a possible four-year prison term.
Howard declined to discuss the case further.
Walek is expected to face a felony hearing before Powers next week.