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ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Mohammed Uddin, 35, of Cheektowaga, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempted production of child pornography and the attempted online enticement of a minor. The charges carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of life, a lifetime period of supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Assistant U.S. Attorney, Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, Uddin engaged sexually explicit online and text communications with who he believed was a 13 y/o female. The individual was actually an undercover FBI Child Exploitation Task Force Officer. Over a period of approximately three weeks, Uddin discussed engaging in sexual activity with the child, sent pornography to the child, talked about taking the child’s virginity, attempted to induce the child to produce and send him sexually explicit photos and videos, and formed a plan to meet the child at her Rochester home for sex.
On August 18, 2022, Uddin traveled from Cheektowaga to an address in Rochester, NY, which Uddin believed was the child’s residence, to engage in sex with the child. Uddin was immediately taken into custody, at which time investigators located a cell phone used in the crime.
Uddin made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark W. Pedersen and is being held pending a detention hearing.
The criminal complaint is the result of an investigation by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Stephen Belongia.
The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
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