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Long Island Priest Sentenced to Forty-one Months' Imprisonment for Possession of Child Pornography

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 02, 2008

Prosecution Results from "Project Safe Childhood" Initiative

Benton J. Campbell, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, announced that THOMAS G. SALOY, a former Administrator of the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church in Roosevelt, New York, was sentenced today to forty-one months’ imprisonment based on his conviction for possession of child pornography. The proceeding was held before United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco, at the U.S. Courthouse in Central Islip, New York. SALOY was arrested on November 17, 2006, following a joint investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Suffolk County Police Department (“SCPD”) Computer Crimes Unit, both members of the Project Safe Childhood Task Force. SALOY pleaded guilty to the child pornography possession charge on November 30, 2006.

In September 2005, the government began an investigation into child pornography trading via America Online. The investigation revealed that an e-mail message had been sent to an AOL screen name used by SALOY and contained three still image files, which appeared to depict sexually explicit images of male children. In September and October 2006, an undercover SCPD detective, posing as a 16-year-old boy, was contacted by SALOY in an AOL chat room. Following sexually related conversations, SALOY requested that the detective send him a child pornography image. The FBI and SCPD executed a search warrant at SALOY’s rectory residence on November 9, 2006, and seized computer equipment belonging to SALOY containing images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

At his guilty plea proceeding, SALOY admitted that he possessed over six hundred images of child pornography, which he received over the internet.

Mr. Campbell thanked the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Suffolk County Police Department for their assistance.

Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative, was created in February 2006 and was designed to protect children from on-line exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to better investigate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit “http://www.projectsafechildhood.gov/.

The government’s case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Allen L. Bode.

The Defendant:

Name: THOMAS G. SALOY
Age: 46




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