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Australian Man Sentenced to 78 Months for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Matthew Hynd, age 40, of Mundah, Queensland, Australia, was sentenced today to serve 78 months in prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In 2010, while Hynd was living and working in Albany, FBI Agents executed a search warrant on his home, after Hynd distributed child pornography images over the Internet.  Agents found hundreds of images of child pornography on Hynd’s computers.  Hynd then fled the United States and returned to his native Australia. 

Hynd was indicted in 2012 and extradited from Australia in August 2015.  In December 2015, he pled guilty to one count of distribution of child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.

U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also sentenced Hynd to serve a lifetime term of post-imprisonment supervised release, to forfeit several electronic devices on which child pornography was found, and to pay $1,000 in restitution to a child pornography victim.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Katherine Kopita.

Updated May 3, 2016

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