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Clifton Park Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Distributing Child Pornography

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – William C. Ruff, age 43, of Clifton Park, New York, was sentenced on Tuesday to 10 years in prison for distributing child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Charles Margiotta, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The sentence was issued by Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue, and followed Ruff’s guilty plea, on April 16, 2018, to distributing child pornography on eight occasions between October 10, 2016 and December 17, 2016.  As Ruff admitted, the pornographic videos and images depicted the sexual abuse of children as young as 3 years old. 

Judge Mordue also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release to start after Ruff is released from prison.  As a result of his conviction, Ruff will be required to register as a sex offender after leaving prison. 

This case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Joseph A. Giovannetti and Emmet O’Hanlon. 

This case was 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

Updated August 2, 2018

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