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August 31, 2013

Lewd acts lead to plea

Tonawanda News — A Pennsylvania man who was led to federal authorities by members of the City of Tonawanda Police Department after a local child sent him lewd acts over the Internet pleaded guilty to production of child pornography in U.S. District Court on Friday. 

U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. said that Randall Lose, 36, of Howard, Pa., entered the plea before U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara, which carries a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, a maximum penalty of 30 years, a fine of $250,000, or both.

During the investigation, it was determined that the defendant, who resided in Pennsylvania, used the Internet to communicate with a minor female living in Tonawanda. Lose instructed her to engage in various sexual acts on camera, which he then viewed and recorded via Skype. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maura K. O’Donnell, who is handling the case, stated that the investigation was initiated by the City of Tonawanda Police Department after receiving a complaint from the parent of the juvenile victim. The information was then forwarded to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

The plea is the culmination of an investigation on the part of special agents of the FBI, under the direction of Acting Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Lanser and the City of Tonawanda Police Department, under the direction of Chief William Strassburg.

Sentencing is scheduled for 12:30 p.m. on Jan. 27 before Arcara.

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