Customs supervisor Steven Metz busted for receiving and distributing kiddie porn

This is the earliest new report of the story.  After his home was raided, his wife ordered him to move out, and he apparently tried to drive in front of a train:

WIVB:  Car and train collide on Lake Avenue (Oct 26 2012)

A car and train collided along Lake Avenue in Blasdell Friday afternoon.  We don’t know if anyone was hurt. The stretch of road had to be shut down. No other details were released by authorities.

Fox News:  Border supervisor in NY charged in child porn case (Nov 15 2012)

A Customs and Border Protection supervisor in New York has been charged with possessing child porn.  Steven Metz of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg appeared Thursday in federal court, where his lawyer said he denies the charges.  The U.S. Attorney’s Office says 40-year-old Metz received a series of emails from someone in Arizona earlier this year that contained images and videos of prepubescent children involved in sexual acts. They say Metz also distributed images.

Wall Street Journal:  Border supervisor in NY charged in child porn case  (Nov 15 2012)

Steven Metz of the Buffalo suburb of Hamburg appeared Thursday in federal court, where his lawyer said he denies the charges  …  Customs and Border Protection officials say Metz is on administrative leave.  Officers of the agency have made numerous child pornography arrests at border crossings like the Peace Bridge, where Metz was stationed.

Buffalo News:  Customs supervisor held on child porn charges (Nov 15 2012)

“Please don’t put me on the CBP [Customs & Border Protection] Wall of Shame,” [Steven] Metz told his supervisor, according to the complaint. “I have 16 years of service. I am hoping you can do that. I’m sorry for the embarrassment. I love coming to work.”  A source close to Metz’s family said he is a nationally recognized expert on terrorism-related smuggling and detecting hidden terrorist devices at border crossings.  “He has traveled all over the country, and even all over the world, to lecture police,” the source said Wednesday….

One day after the raid, Metz drove his car past a closed railroad safety barrier in Blasdell and onto railroad tracks, where it was struck by an oncoming freight train, law enforcement officials told The News.  The train struck the rear of Metz’s car, which was demolished, and Metz “unbelievably” survived without major injuries, one official told The News.  Blasdell Police Lt. Joseph Gramaglia declined to comment when asked if the incident at a Lake Avenue railroad crossing was considered a suicide attempt, but he said police learned that the driver “made a turn to get around the barriers” that had come down to prevent vehicles from crossing the railroad tracks.  He said the driver then drove his vehicle onto the tracks, directly into the path of an oncoming train.  “The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for treatment,” Gramaglia said.  While Gramaglia declined to identify the driver by name, other law enforcement officials identified him as Metz. They also told The News that, shortly after the train-car crash, federal agents showed up. Authorities said Metz has been receiving psychiatric treatment since the incident.

WKBW:  U.S. Customs and Border Protection Employee Charged with Child Porn (Nov 14 2012)

Steven Metz, 40, of Hamburg, a supervisor with U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Buffalo, is charged with possession of child pornography. On August 31, a search warrant was executed for Metz’s email accounts. In October, agents raided his Hamburg home.  On October 26, one day after the raid, Metz was involved in a serious car crash after a train struck his vehicle on Lake Avenue in Blasdell, according to sources.  He escaped serious injury and was treated at ECMC.

Metro Western New York:  Hamburg man charged with possession of child pornography (Nov 15 2012)

Steven Metz, 40, of Hamburg, has been charged by criminal complaint with possession of child pornography, U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced Wednesday, Nov. 14. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine or both.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Marie P. Grisanti, who is handling the case, stated that between January 2012 and March 2012, federal agents conducted an investigation into a suspect involved in child pornography in Phoenix, Ariz. According to the complaint, the suspect allegedly sent a series of emails to the defendant, a Customs and Border Protection employee, which contained both images and videos of prepubescent children involved in sexual acts.

WBFO:  Customs & Border Protection employee charged with possession of child pornography (Nov 15 2012)

[U.S. Attorney William J.] Hochul [Jr.] says there might be more information in court on why the opposition to [Steven] Metz being on the street.  The chief prosecutor wouldn’t say if it involved the man’s own family or what may have been a suicide attempt after his home was searched October 25.  The search grew out of probing an Arizona man who allegedly distributed child porn involving very young children and adult men.  Hochul says Metz’ involvement and his federal job brought on heavy investigations.

WIVB:  Customs officer charged over child porn (Nov 14 2012)

Steven Metz, 40, of Hamburg was taken into custody on Wednesday and charged with possession of child pornography. The U.S. Attorney’s Office says a suspect in Arizona sent Metz child porn between January and March of this year.  “Agents of the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) came upon e-mail accounts which indicated that child pornography was being sent to an address, an IP address, somewhere here in western New York,” U.S. Attorney William Hochul explained.  On August 31, agents obtained a warrant for Metz’s e-mail account, and prosecutors say they found Metz had both received and sent child pornography. The videos show adult men having intercourse and other sex acts with children, both boys and girls, just 3-, 4-, 5- and 6-years-old.

WIVB:  Hochul: Accused officer tried suicide (Nov 15 2012)

After federal agents searched [Steven] Metz’s home in Hamburg, prosecutors say his wife insisted he leave the house. He was also placed on administrative leave by the government.  That’s when prosecutors say he tried to take his own life by driving his car on rail tracks in Blasdell in front of an oncoming train, which News 4 covered on October 26. They feel he is still a danger to himself and others and needs to remain in custody  …  Metz has two fractures in his back and was also treated for psychiatric problems at ECMC, where he was just released. He is now being held in an undisclosed jail.

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