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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Monday, November 13, 2017

Ballston Spa Man Pleads Guilty to Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Damian Quillinan, age 44, of Ballston Spa, New York, pled guilty today to 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).


As part of his guilty plea, Quillinan admitted that on July 29, 2016, he used his phone to download files containing child pornography from the Internet, which he saved on the phone’s memory card.  Quillinan further admitted to downloading and storing over 14,000 child pornography videos and images on various computers and external hard drives in his residence between February 2014 and August 2016.


United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino is scheduled to sentence Quillinan on March 13, 2018.  Quillinan faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  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.  Upon his release from prison, Quillinan would also have to register as a sex offender. 


This case was jointly investigated by the FBI and New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.


This case is 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

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Updated November 13, 2017