Saturday, March 26, 2022

Update 26 March 2022 7:01 am:
Saturday Morning News

FBI seeks public’s help in child porn case;

Fratini Tried to Arrange Meeting in Buffalo

The FBI is seeking the public’s help with a child pornography investigation in the aftermath of a recent arrest.

Michael Fratini, 36, of Dunkirk in Chautauqua County was arrested last week, according to federal prosecutors.

Michael Fratini
He was charged by criminal complaint with conspiracy to produce child pornography.

The investigation dates back to Feb. 14 when a person contacted the Erie County Sheriff’s Office.

Fratini had met a woman this past October using a dating app, according to federal prosecutors. After they met in person, the she did not hear from him again until they recent spoke over the telephone.

Fratini told the woman he had a mother/daughter fantasy, according to federal prosecutors. He then allegedly sent a follow-up text message asking for videos or pictures of her prepubescent daughters to fulfill his fantasies.

After receiving the text message, the woman filed a report with the Sheriff’s Office. They asked her to continue the text message conversations with him.

Deputies also contacted the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force and advised them of what was happening.

Investigators surveilled Fratini on March 18 leaving his workplace at the U.S. Postal Service on Grant Street in Buffalo. He allegedly drove to an Amherst hotel where he was expecting to meet the woman.

He was taken into custody after arriving at the hotel.

Frantini was charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography. He appeared in federal court and was ordered detained.

He faces a term of 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Members of the public who have information related to the case are asked to call the FBI at (716) 856-7800.

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