Sept. 20, 2017 -- Westchester County District Attorney Anthony A. Scarpino Jr. announced today that Johnny Manjarrez, forty-six years old of Port Chester, NY was sentenced to two to six years in state prison by Judge Helen Blackwood after having been convicted by a jury of:

  • 21 counts of Promoting an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, a class “D” Felony and
  • 29 counts of Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, a class “E” Felony.

Between Feb. 24 and Feb. 28, 2016, an investigator at the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office downloaded 21 digital files depicting obscene sexual performances by children, from the defendant’s computer via the Bit Torrent peer-to-peer file sharing network.

The investigator used a law-enforcement specific program that allowed him to download files from a single source.  On March 17, 2016, DA’s Office Investigators executed a search warrant at the defendant’s residence and recovered computer devices.  Forensic analyses on the devices resulted in the recovery of additional files depicting children engaged in obscene sexual performances.

On May 6, 2016, the defendant was charged via felony complaint with Promoting an Obscene Performance by a Child and Possessing an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child.  

On May 12, 2016, the defendant voluntarily surrendered himself and was arraigned in Port Chester Justice Court. On that date he was released on his own recognizance.

After today’s proceedings, the defendant was remanded into the custody of the New York State Department of Corrections.

Upon completion of his sentence, the defendant must register as a sex offender.

Assistant District Attorney Laura Forbes of the High Technology Crime Bureau prosecuted the case.

police photograph of Johnny Manjarrez

Johnny Manjarrez

 In compliance with the Rules of Professional Conduct, Rule 3.6, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.


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