Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States Attorney for the Southern
District of New York, announced the arrest of PATRICK EDWIN GORYCHKA for
distributing child pornography. GORYCHKA was arrested yesterday and
presented before U.S. Magistrate Judge Judith McCarthy in White Plains
federal court and released on bail.
According to the Complaint filed yesterday in White Plains federal court:
In October 2019, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”) received
information from an FBI Online Undercover Employee (“UC-1”) concerning
UC-1’s communications with an individual using the Kik user name “epg84”
(“User-1”) in a Kik chat room known to be frequented by individuals
with a sexual interest in children. UC-1 identified himself as a
48-year-old uncle who had engaged in sex acts with his niece. User-1,
who identified himself as “Eric G.,” asked UC-1 for photos of UC-1’s
niece. UC-1 told User-1 that UC-1 had met a “pedo mom” (“UC-2”) in New
York. UC-1 told User-1 that “she keeps kids of illegals while they work
for a couple weeks” and “makes some $ on the side.” User-1 stated,
“Omg that’s hot” and asked UC-1 to connect him to UC-2.
Thereafter, UC-2, going by the name “Jane,” and User-1 engaged in
numerous communications from in or about October 31, 2019, through in or
about November 16, 2019. During these communications, User-1 said he
was interested in “preteens” and told UC-2, “I heard that you could
potentially facilitate certain things.” User-1 said that he was
interested in a “similar setup” as UC-1 and told UC-2, “I have money.”
On November 2, 2019, User-1 transmitted two links to Mega, a New
Zealand-based cloud storage platform that permits users to store and
share ESI, including images and videos.  Both links contained numerous images and videos of children engaging in sexually explicit activity.
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GORYCHKA, 37, of New Windsor, New York, is charged with one count of
distribution and receipt of child pornography, which carries a minimum
sentence of five years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years in
prison. The statutory minimum and maximum sentences are prescribed by
Congress and are provided here for informational purposes only, as any
sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.
Mr. Berman praised the efforts of the FBI, West Point’s Criminal
Investigation Division, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and
Explosives, and the Town of New Windsor Police Department, in connection
with this investigation. He added that the investigation is
The prosecution is being handled by the Office’s White Plains
Division. Assistant United States Attorney Marcia S. Cohen is in charge
of the prosecution.