Siena student from Vernon accused of using apps to get child pornography

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A Siena College student from Vernon is accused of possessing and transporting pictures and video of child pornography, according to an affidavit obtained by CNYCentral.

According to the affidavit filed against the suspect, Kyle E. Roache, 20, the investigation began on June 8, 2017 when the FBI Violent Crimes Against Children Intelligence Unit (VCACIU) received two cyber-tip referrals from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), regarding the potential distribution of child pornography.

On August 4, 2017 a search warrant was issued for a Dropbox account and an email address believed to be involved, according to the affidavit. On August 21, 2017 the FBI received the contents of the Dropbox account, which included numerous images and video files of child pornography.

Records provided by Charter Communications and TDS Telecommunications showed the IP addresses used to log into Dropbox and the email account, were assigned to Siena College in Loudonville, New York, and a residence in Vernon, New York. After speaking with the Director of Public Safety at Siena College, investigators identified Roache as the suspect associated with those accounts, according to the affidavit.

A search took place on September 1, 2017 of Roache's residence in Loudonville, N.Y., and his residence in Vernon, N.Y., according to the affidavit. Several vehicles and electronic media present in both locations were also searched. Roache was present at his Loudonville residence when investigators arrived to perform the search and was interviewed at the scene. According to the affidavit, Roache admitted to creating the email address for the Dropbox account, and admitted to viewing the pornographic content.

He also admitted to using Omegle, an online chat website, and Kik, an instant messaging application, to receive web addresses to public Dropbox accounts from other individuals, according to the affidavit. Roache then transported the child pornography from other accounts to his own via the internet, according to the affidavit.

Roache is charged with knowingly transporting child pornography, knowingly receiving child pornography, and knowingly possessing and accessing with intent to view child pornography, according to the affidavit.

Siena College responded to the investigation involving Roache with the following statement:

Siena College can confirm that a student was detained by the FBI prior to being arrested off campus the morning of Thursday, Sept. 7.

According to the College’s Department of Public Safety, the FBI and other law enforcement agencies issued and executed a search warrant before removing the student from campus.

Any violation of federal, state or local law is considered a violation of the Siena College Code of Conduct. The College reserves the right to take appropriate action when, in the judgment of College officials, the alleged conduct has a negative impact on the College community or the pursuit of its mission or the broader community in which we live.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, Siena College cannot comment further on the details of an investigation.

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