Albany Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Child Pornography Offenses
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Amado Colon, age 21, of Albany, New York, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe also imposed a 10-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release, and ordered Colon to pay total restitution of $25,000 to 7 child pornography victims whose images of abuse he possessed. Colon must also register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
As part of his July 27 guilty plea, Colon admitted that in June 2014, he posted child pornography images to an image-sharing web site based in Russia, allowing visitors to the site to view the images. He also received, from others, the username and password information for 8 Dropbox remote storage accounts, each of which contained hundreds of images of child pornography. Colon then took exclusive control over these accounts, and the child pornography in them, by changing the accounts’ usernames and passwords. Colon also admitted to possessing child pornography files on several electronic devices found in his house.
This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Barnett.
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 http://www.justice.gov/psc/.