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OLEAN MAN ARRESTED, CHARGED WITH PRODUCTION OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

From the U.S Attorney’s Office,

BUFFALO, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Greg Hirliman, 48, of Olean, NY, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with attempted production of child pornography and transfer of obscene material to a minor, which carry a minimum penalty of 15 years in prison, and a maximum of 30 years.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Aaron J. Mango, who is handling the case, stated that according to the complaint, in August 2021, the Olean Police Department received a report from a mother that her 12-year-old daughter (Victim 1) was contacted by Hirliman via text message, Facebook, and Facebook Messenger. Hirliman requested that Victim 1 send him naked photos of herself. In addition, Hirliman sent Victim 1 naked photos of himself, asked Victim 1 to meet him in person, and gave cigarettes to Victim 1. The Olean Police Department executed a search warrant for Facebook accounts associated with Victim 1 and Hirliman and requested assistance from Homeland Security Investigations to review the approximately 14,000 pages of data received from the execution of the search warrant. At the time, Hirliman was incarcerated in New York State on unrelated domestic violence charges. He was released on parole in January, 2024.

Hirliman made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael J. Roemer and was detained.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Olean Police Department, under the direction of Chief Ron Richardson, and Homeland Security Investigations, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Scarpino.

The fact that a defendant has been charged with a crime is merely an accusation and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty. 

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