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Williamsville man sentenced on child sex abuse charges

(WIVB) — A Williamsville man will spend the next six years in prison after he was sentenced on child sex abuse charges.

According to the United States Attorney, on November 11, 2019, 23-year-old Grant Keppel participated in an online group dedicated to discussing the sexual exploitation of minors and offered a sale for a link containing video of the sexual exploitation of a minor. Keppel sold the link to an FBI agent in Pittsburgh, which launched an investigation.

An investigation found that he had a large collection of child sexual abuse material in his possession.

He was charged with distribution of material depicting the sexual exploitation of a minor.

As part of his sentence, Keppel will have 10 years of supervised release and was ordered to pay a total of $7,000 to two organizations that help victims of trafficking and child pornography.

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