Registered sex offender faces new charges

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) – A registered sex offender is facing new charges after federal prosecutors say they caught him trying to solicit photos from an underage girl.

Matthew Shulman, 36, of Rochester, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with attempted production of child pornography, receipt and distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

He is a registered sex offender following a previous conviction for possessing child pornography in 2016. The current charges carry a minimum of 25 – 50 years in prison, along with lifetime supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

"Shulman engaged in sexually explicit online communications with an undercover New York State Police Investigator who he believed was an 11-year-old girl," stated Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle P. Rossi, who is handling the case. "During these conversations, Shulman asked the girl to produce and send images to him and he attempted to persuade the girl to meet him for sex."

New York State Police and Homeland Security executed a search warrant at Shulman’s residence on Tuesday and Shulman was taken into custody. He is being held without bail.