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Monday, June 11, 2018

Albany Man Sentenced to 210 Months for Producing Child Pornography

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Brennan McNeil, age 26, of Albany, was sentenced today to 210 months in prison for sexually exploiting a child for the purpose of producing child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Janelle M. Miller, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As part of his guilty plea on March 5, McNeil admitted that, in early 2017, he produced a video of a 10-year-old child being subjected to sexually explicit conduct.  McNeil produced the video in North Carolina, where he lived at the time, and saved it on a thumb drive that he brought with him when he moved, in May 2017, from North Carolina to New York

Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also sentenced McNeil to a life term of post-imprisonment supervised release.  McNeil must also register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI, the Colonie Police Department, and the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph A. Giovannetti and Katherine Kopita. 

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 11, 2018