BUFFALO – A former teacher at Clymer Central School has pled guilty in a 2018 child pornography case.
Federal prosecutors say Scott Aikens, 60, could serve a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison, lifetime supervised release, and a $250,000 fine.
Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeremy Murray, who is handling the case, said that in late June 2018, Homeland Security Investigations in Buffalo received information that a user, identified as “EJD,” was active on a Thai based child pornography website. Investigators traced the email address utilized by “EJD” to Aikens.
In September 2018, Homeland Security and the New York State Police executed a search warrant at Aikens residence in Clymer.
Aikens laptop and other electronic devices were seized and found to contain a total of 683 videos and 22 images of child pornography.
Some of the child pornography possessed by Aikens depicted prepubescent minors or minors less than 12 years of age, and some of the child pornography possessed by the defendant contained sadistic or masochistic conduct or other depictions of violence.
At the time of his arrest, Aikens was a 7-12 grade school teacher with the Clymer Central School District.
Prosecutors said the plea is the result of an investigation by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Kevin Kelly, and the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Edward Kennedy.
Sentencing is scheduled for October 24, at 10:30 a.m. before Judge Wolford.