NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Rainbow Bridge Port of Entry arrested a Kitchener, Ontario man after CBP officers discovered child pornography on the subject’s cell phone.
CBP officers at the Rainbow Bridge apprehended a 20 year-old male, and citizen of India, attempting entry into the U.S. The traveler was evasive during his primary inspection and provided a questionable itinerary to the primary officer who referred the subject for further inspection.
During the secondary inspection, officers became increasingly concerned about the subject’s intentions and performed a search of his cell phone where images that appeared to be child pornography were discovered. The New York State Police were contacted and responded to the Rainbow Bridge.
CBP officers coordinate with local and federal agencies to apprehend perpetrators such as child predators. “We continue to work closely with all law enforcement agencies to ensure the safety of the community. These partnerships are essential in combating illegal activity such as the exploitation of children,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Our officers are committed to securing the border and are dedicated to identifying criminal activity especially when it involves the victimization of children.”
The traveler was arrested, turned over to the New York State Police and charged with possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.