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Cohoes Man Sentenced to 151 Months for Child Pornography Offenses

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Paul A. Light, age 47, of Cohoes, New York, was sentenced today to 151 months in prison for distributing, receiving, and possessing child pornography.

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

As part of his March 27, 2017 guilty plea, Light admitted that between March, 2015 and October, 2015 he used the Internet and a peer-to-peer file sharing program to receive and distribute multiple child pornography files. Light further admitted that he used various electronic storage devices to possess hundreds of child pornography video files and thousands of child pornography still image files.

Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe also imposed a 10-year term of supervised release, which will start after Light is released from prison. Judge Sharpe also ordered Light to pay a total of $142,500 in restitution to 15 victims whose images Light possessed. As a result of his conviction, Light will be required to register as a sex offender after leaving prison.

This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Bellis.

Updated July 24, 2017

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