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Northern District of New York

Friday, August 14, 2015

Albany County Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

Could face from 5-20 years imprisonment

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Nelson E. Ferguson, age 48, of Albany County, New York, pled guilty today in Albany before United States District Judge Mae D’Agostino to one count of receipt of child pornography, and four counts of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Ferguson faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years of imprisonment, as well as a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. He also faces a maximum fine of $250,000 and mandatory registration as a sex offender. Nelson will be sentenced in Albany, New York on December 15, 2015 at 10 AM in United States District Court.

As part of his guilty plea, Ferguson admitted that between December 26, 2008 and June 15, 2010, he knowingly received child pornography and that on June 16, 2010, he possessed child pornography involving prepubescent minors and minors who had not attained 12 years of age.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emily T. Farber and former Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda W. Cox.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 15, 2015