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WNY man faces charges in global sex trafficking case

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Richard Greer, a 57-year-old man from Lockport, New York, has been arrested and charged with the receipt of child pornography, as announced by U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross. Greer faces serious legal consequences, with the charge carrying a mandatory minimum sentence of five years and a potential maximum of 20 years in prison.

The case, overseen by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jonathan P. Cantil, is linked to a broader investigation by Homeland Security Investigations into a global sex trafficking network. This network, operating out of the Philippines, has been providing access to live-streamed webcam shows featuring the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. Investigators uncovered extensive communications between Greer and an individual running this trafficking network, amounting to roughly 31,000 messages, over 3,000 calls, and 213 media files exchanged. During these interactions, Greer received numerous images and videos containing child pornography.

Following his arrest, Greer appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge H. Kenneth Schroeder, Jr. and was subsequently detained. This arrest stems from a concerted effort by Homeland Security Investigations, led by Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino. It’s important to note that the charges against Greer are accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.