BUFFALO – The case against James A. Chapman, of Jamestown, remains in the pre-trial stage nearly 11 months after he was indicted in U.S. Federal Court on numerous charges involving child pornography.
The U.S Attorney’s Office Public Information Officer Barbara Burns told WNYNewsNow Monday afternoon that Chapman will appear in court on Feb. 11 at 10:30 a.m. for an oral argument on various pre-trial motions.
Chapman is charged with enticement of a minor; sex trafficking of a minor; production, distribution, possession, and receipt of child pornography; and making a false statement.
The indictment alleges that Chapman attempted to coerce a minor to engage in prostitution on Nov. 24 and 25, 2017.
According to the indictment, on those same dates, Chapman recruited two minor victims to engage in a commercial sex act. In addition, the defendant is accused of producing a visual depiction of their encounter.
Authorities also allege that on multiple occasions between Dec. 14, 2016, and Apr. 7, 2017, Chapman distributed an image of child pornography.
On April 7, 2017, Chapman allegedly coerced a third minor victim to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction. The defendant also received, possessed and distributed child pornography.
The indictment further states that on Jan.24, 2018, the defendant made a false statement to a Special Agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation claiming that he thought Victim 1 and Victim 2 were 18 years-old, when in truth and in fact, Chapman knew they were minors. In addition, the defendant possessed images of child pornography on his cellular telephone and social media account.
Anyone with information about James Chapman’s, a/k/a Fatz Guy, a/k/a Perverted Doe, contact with minors is urged to call the FBI Buffalo office at 716-856-7800 and to press zero (0) and to ask to speak with an agent about James Chapman.
The indictment is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin P. Lyons, and the Jamestown Police Department, under the direction of Chief Harry Snellings.