ROCHESTER – U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced Monday that Bryan Matacale, 43, of Nunda, who was convicted of production of child pornography and possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, was sentenced to 25 years in prison by U.S. District Judge Charles J. Siragusa.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled the case, stated that in March 2017, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations (ICE-HSI) received information from the Belgian Federal Police that a Belgian citizen identified individuals in the United States as being involved the possession and distribution of child pornography. The Belgian citizen told police that an individual he knew as "Bob" paid him money in exchange for images and videos of child pornography on several occasions. Subsequent investigation determined that “Bob” was defendant Matacale.

On Aug. 28, 2017, a federal search warrant was executed at Matacale’s residence during which various computers and electronic media were seized by law enforcement officers. During an examination of the defendant’s cellular telephone, officers observed text messages Matacale and A.W., an individual known to law enforcement who had two daughters, ages four and six. In multiple messages, the defendant requested naked pictures of A.W.’s daughter stating they would be used for a “research” report. A. W. sent Matacale approximately a dozen photos between September 2016 and February 2017.

During a review of the defendant’s electronic equipment, law enforcement officers recovered online conversations between Matacale and a 16-year-old girl from Vermont. At the defendant’s request, the girl sent naked pictures of herself on three separate dates in August 2017.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly.