Guns drawn, FBI agents raid homes, arrest West Carthage man
WEST CARTHAGE, New York (WWNY) - FBI agents, with guns drawn, raided two homes in West Carthage Wednesday.
Neighbors captured video of agents going into a camper on the property of 70 Champion Street. Around the corner at 29 Lathrop Street, more agents, along with state troopers could be seen. Witnesses told us at mid-afternoon, agents came out of the house with computers and monitors.
According to the FBI, 19-year-old Kray Strange was arrested and charged with manufacturing and distributing child pornography.
The agency said the charges stem from Strange’s alleged involvement in an online catfishing scheme with Andrew Wolf, a former teacher at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, a private school outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The pair allegedly operated the scheme for more than a year during 2020 and 2021.
According to the complaint, Strange targeted school-age boys on social media platforms while impersonating a teenage girl in order to entice the boys to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves and send them to Strange, who then shared them with Wolf via the internet.
Wolf was arrested on October 7, 2021, and remains in federal custody.
Strange made his initial appearance in federal court in the Northern District of New York Wednesday afternoon, and will be detained pending his removal to Philadelphia to face the charges.
If convicted, Strange faces a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison.
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