2009-08-21 / Top Stories

Child Porn Bust For Far Rockaway Man

A Far Rockaway man, who is employed as a certified public accountant at a major Manhattan accounting and consulting firm, has been charged with possessing and sending child porn images to others using his various America Online (AOL) accounts, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced on Tuesday.

Brown identified the defendant as Aron J. Sotnikoff, 28, of 833 Central Avenue in Far Rockaway, who is employed as an audit manager at Rosen Seymour Shapss Martin & Company LLP, in Manhattan.

Sotnikoff was arraigned last night before Queens Criminal Court Judge Elisa Koenderman on a 108- count criminal complaint charging him with 54 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child and 54 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child.

"This case was developed as a result of the cooperation of a network of law enforcement organizations throughout the country who are all working to combat Internetbased child exploitation," said Brown. "Each time an individual who trades in child pornography is arrested, the subscriber information of other individuals with whom he trades is relayed to law enforcement agencies. In this instance, arrests have been made in Missouri, New Mexico, California and New York based on one cybertip made to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Alexandria, Virginia, a non-profit agency that is mandated by the federal government to store and catalogue known images of child pornography."

Brown added that, according to the charges, Sotnikoff sent and received numerous e-mails containing images of child pornography between March 11, 2007 and June 16, 2008, using AOL accounts he created.

Sotnikoff, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, was ordered held on $20,000 bail, to surrender his U.S. passport and to return to court on October 13, 2009.

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