Jamestown Man Charged Federally With Possessing Child Pornography

BUFFALO –  A Jamestown man was recently arrested and charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Matthew Bailer, 33, of Jamestown, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Assistant U.S. Attorney Elizabeth R. Moellering, who is handling the case, said the complaint, on July 11, 2018, was received by the Jamestown Police Department from a parent that her minor children, Victim 1 and Victim 2, may have been sexually abused by the defendant.

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The parent reportedly told police that she was told by the defendant’s sister that she found a series of concerning pictures, sexual in nature, on a Nokia cellular telephone that was allegedly used by Bailer.
Bailer was subsequently arrested on a warrant out of Missouri related to a burglary case. During a search of the Nokia cellular telephone, investigators allegedly recovered several hundred images of child pornography involving sexually explicit conduct by prepubescent and pubescent children, both male and female.
Bailer made an initial appearance Wednesday afternoon before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder and is being detained.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Gary Loeffert, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.