After an undercover Computer Forensic Investigator obtained pictures of children performing sexual acts over the internet, an investigation was initiated by the New York State Police – Computer Crimes Unit – Troop E in Farmington. The pictures were allegedly sent to the undercover officer by Steven E. Lewis, age 37, of 6977 Knickerbocker Road in the Town of Ontario. Police raided the house on Tuesday (1/25), armed with a search warrant. They seized Steven’s computer out of his bedroom. The seizure resulted in a substantial amount of computer data and hardware.
Upon opening files on the computer investigators found what they expected. Steven was charged with one count Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child (class D-felony) and ten counts Possessing a Sexual Performance by a Child (class E-felony), commonly referred to as “Child Pornography”.
Steven E. Lewis, who, according to police, is employed as a machinist in Marion was arraigned in the Town of Ontario Court, with bail set at $10,000 cash/$20,000 bond. His bail of $10,000 was posted and he was released the next day.
It is common practice to seize all the computers in the house and another, belonging to Steven’s father, Edward C. Lewis, age 68, was found in the basement.
Within days, a State Police Investigator began a search of Edward’s computer. They were surprised to discover that Edward too had a collection of child pornography images. On Wednesday (2/2) Edward Lewis surrendered himself to Investigator Doug Thomas, accompanied by his attorney. Edward was charged with ten counts of Possession of a Sexual Performance by a Child. The retired Xerox and Gleason’s employee was arraigned and posted a $5000 cash bail.
Senior State Police Investigator Frank D’Aurizio said they seized “Some pretty high tech, high end stuff” at the residence and after further analysis on the computers “The case may go federal.”
According to police, Edward and Steven are the only occupants in the Knickerbocker home.