A male nurse who worked in the Pediatric Unit at Olean General Hospital has been arrested and charged with distribution and possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr. announced Tuesday.
Willie G. Reid, 46, of Olean, a registered nurse, was held pending a detention hearing today following an appearance Tuesday before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder Jr. The charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum of 20 years and a $250,000 fine upon conviction.
Prosecutors charged that Reid downloaded videos and images of child pornography from the Internet using a peer-to-peer sharing program between February 2012 and this past February. Some of the images included pre-pubescent children and depictions of violence, prosecutors said.