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Cohoes Man Indicted for Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – George Muzio, Jr., age 35, of Cohoes, New York, was indicted yesterday for distributing and possessing child pornography.


The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and James C. Spero, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).


Muzio is charged with 7 counts of distributing child pornography and 1 count of possessing child pornography. As alleged in a complaint filed earlier in the case, Muzio shared child pornography videos over the Internet. Following his arrest on the complaint, a detention hearing was held before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart, who ordered Muzio released and subject to pretrial supervision.


The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.


If convicted on all charges, Muzio faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, at least 5 years and up to lifetime supervised release, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and a maximum $250,000 fine. 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.


This case is being investigated by HSI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Solomon B. Shinerock.


This case is prosecuted as a 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 February 23, 2017

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