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Ballston Spa Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Child Pornography Offenses

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jason Novoa, age 38, of Ballston Spa, New York, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for receipt and possession of child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, 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 sentenced Novoa to 20 years of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment.  Novoa was also ordered to pay $5,000 in restitution to one of the victims portrayed in the child pornography he possessed.  He will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Novoa pled guilty on July 17, 2018.  Novoa admitted that, over a period of at least 5 years, he used a laptop computer equipped with peer-to-peer file-sharing software to search for and download videos and images depicting child pornography.  Novoa further admitted that between June 9 and June 13, 2017, he made available for download over 800 images of child pornography.  Novoa additionally possessed approximately 30 video files and 310 image files depicting child pornography on June 29, 2017, when the laptop was seized by investigators.

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

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood.  Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).  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 to identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated December 17, 2018

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