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Northern District of New York

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ballston Spa Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Parker S. Sikand, age 24, of Ballston Spa, New York, pled guilty today to distributing, receiving 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 (FBI).


As part of his guilty plea, Sikand admitted that while living in Troy, New York, in September and October 2012, he distributed, received and possessed videos depicting children, some as young as 2-3 years old, engaged in sexual acts.  He admitted to distributing and receiving these videos through an Internet peer-to-peer file-sharing service, and to possessing them on a laptop computer and a separate computer hard drive.


Sikand faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life, and mandatory registration as a sex offender.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.  U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino is scheduled to sentence Sikand on March 23, 2017. 


This case was investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

Project Safe Childhood
Updated November 23, 2016