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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, September 26, 2019

Chenango County Man Sentenced to 78 Months on Child Pornography Convictions

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Brock Likens, age 34, of Greene, New York, was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for distributing, receiving and possessing 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.

As part of his guilty plea, Likens admitted that he knowingly received and distributed child pornography over the internet using peer-to-peer file sharing software. An undercover law enforcement officer downloaded 87 child pornography video files from Likens’ computer that he had made available to share with others.  A subsequent search of Likens’ house revealed that he possessed, on electronic devices, 31 video files and 24 image files that depicted child pornography.  The images and videos included depictions of the rape and sodomy of prepubescent children and toddlers.

Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release, which will start after Likens is released from prison, and ordered him to pay $6,000 in restitution. As a result of his conviction, Likens will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the New York State Police Computer Crimes Unit, Colonie Police Department, and the FBI.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.

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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 27, 2019