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Child predator convicted and serial cyberstalker arrested

From U.S Attorney Trini E. Ross,

NIAGARA FALLS MAN WITH PRIOR CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE CONVICTION GOING BACK TO PRISON ON NEW CHILD PORNOGRAPHY CHARGE

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Albert Smith, 40, of Niagara Falls, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography involving a prepubescent minor and having a prior conviction under the laws of any state relating to sexual abuse involving a minor, was sentenced to serve 188 months in prison by U.S. District Judge Lawrence J. Vilardo.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Maeve E. Huggins, who handled the case, stated that in 2003, Smith was convicted in North Tonawanda City Court of Sexual Abuse 2nd: Sexual Contact with Person Less Than 14 Years Old.  On October 22, 2021, a search warrant was executed at Smith’s residence, during which investigators seized two cell phones. Investigators also located another electronic device containing child pornography, which Smith had attempted to discard. In total, Smith possessed 314 images and 25 videos of child pornography on the three devices. The images included depictions of prepubescent minors less than 12 years old, and the sexual abuse of an infant or toddler.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by the Niagara Falls Police Department, under the direction of Superintendent Nicholas Ligammari, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.

PRIOR FELON ARRESTED FOR CYBERSTALKING PREVIOUS VICTIM

BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Attorney Trini E. Ross announced today that Daniel Richter, 45, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint with cyberstalking. The charge carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Assistant U.S. Attorney David J. Rudroff, who is handling the case, stated that, for a short time in 2002, Richter sent bizarre emails to and followed a victim he was acquainted with at the University at Buffalo. In 2007, Richter started sending post-cards with strange messages to the victim and leaving harassing voice-mail messages on her work phone. On April 23, 2008, the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office arrested Richter, and he pleaded guilty to Stalking in the Fourth Degree, and was given a fine and an Order of Protection was issued against Richter.

In 2018, Richter renewed unwanted communications, via phone calls and emails, with the victim. In September 2020, he was convicted of interstate communication of threat to injure and sentenced to serve 24 months in federal prison. In December 2023, after completing his term of supervised release for his federal conviction, Richter once again renewed his attempts to contact the victim. Between December 25 and February 6, 2024, the victim received approximately 94 voice messages from Richter. In addition, between February 6, 2024, and his arrest today, Richter sent over 600 emails to the victim, which include incoherent rambling and sexual and/or threatening comments directed at the victim. In one of those emails, Richter stated that he would travel to Western New York to see her personally on March 28th. Law enforcement located Richter this morning at a hotel an Amherst, NY, after he had flown to Buffalo from Los Angeles, California. In Richter’s hotel room, investigators recovered a photograph of the victim, the victim’s contact information, a ski mask, and hair dye.     

Richter made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeremiah J. McCarthy and was held pending a detention hearing on April 4, 2024, at 11:00 a.m.

The complaint is the result of an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, under the direction of Sheriff Michael Filicetti, and Special Agents with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Matthew Miraglia.

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