BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Two Niagara County men have pleaded guilty to child pornography and cyberstalking charges in U.S. District Court.
Timothy Laubacker, 25, of Lockport, pleaded guilty to enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and cyberstalking.
His co-defendant, Travis Guerriera, 27, of Olcott, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and cyberstalking.
According to the assistant U.S. attorney handling the case, a female victim contacted the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department in Sept. 2015, stating that she had received unsolicited communications from an individual on Facebook. The individual had threatened to distribute and post images that she had sent to her then-boyfriend when she was about 14 years old.
During the investigation, investigators determined that Laubacker had contacted the victim on Facebook. Investigators also determined that Guerriera had possession of the images and shared them with Laubacker.
Laubacker also attempted to entice a second victim- a minor- to produce images of child pornography via Facebook in June 2015. When the victim refused to comply, Laubacker threatened to release child pornography images of the victim that he had previously obtained. His threats continued until Nov. 2015.
Laubacker had made initial contact with the minor victim while employed as a behavioral health aide at a mental health facility. He was terminated from the facility in late Dec. 2015 for inappropriate communications with another minor female.
The investigation was conducted by the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and the Niagara County Sheriff’s Department.
Guerriera is scheduled to be sentenced Oct. 26. He faces up to ten years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Laubacker is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 30. He faces a minimum of ten years in prison, a maximum of life, and a $250,000 fine.