Albany County Man Sentenced to 188 Months for Transporting and Possessing Child Pornography
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Christopher Eberlein, age 55, of Albany, was sentenced today to serve 188 months in prison for transporting and possessing child pornography, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his previous guilty plea, Eberlein admitted that, for over a decade, he transported more than 2,000 child pornography files over the Internet. Many of these images featured the sexual abuse of newborns and infants. A subsequent search of Eberlein’s electronic devices revealed that he was also in possession of dozens of child pornography files, which he stored on multiple electronic devices in his residence.
United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release, which will start after Eberlein is released from prison. Eberlein will also be required to register as a sex offender.
Eberlein’s case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police. The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Williams as a part of Project Safe Childhood.
Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc