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Columbia County Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

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


ALBANY, NEW YORK – James Brady, age 68, of Philmont, New York, pled guilty yesterday to distributing 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 (FBI).

As part of his guilty plea, Brady admitted to using a desktop computer equipped with peer-to-peer file-sharing software to download and distribute child pornography.  Overall, Brady downloaded and retained more than 200 videos and images depicting child pornography.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 12, 2019 before Senior United States Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.  Brady, who is detained pending sentencing, faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  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.  Brady will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. 

This case was investigated by the New York State Police and the FBI, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sahar L. Amandolare.

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 June 26, 2019

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