SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Jeremie Hoyt, age 41, of Davenport, New York, appeared today in federal court on charges that he sexually exploited a child.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Matthew Scarpino, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
The criminal complaint alleges that in November 2020, Hoyt produced a sexually explicit photograph and video of a 14-year-old child. Hoyt later distributed the image and video over the Internet to other users on a messaging application. United States Magistrate Judge Miroslav Lovric ordered Hoyt to be detained pending trial. The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If convicted, Hoyt faces a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of 15 years and a maximum term of imprisonment of 30 years, a maximum fine of $250,000, and a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. Hoyt would also be required to register as a sex offender.
This case is being investigated by HSI, with assistance from the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Police. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown as part of Project Safe Childhood.
Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.
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