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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 21, 2021

Cortland County Woman Sentenced to 190 Months for Sexually Exploiting a 3-Year-Old

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Brittany Berry, age 27, of Marathon, New York was sentenced today by United States District Court Judge David N. Hurd to 190 months in prison for sexual exploitation of a child. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As part of her previously entered guilty plea, Brittany Berry admitted that she conspired with Lawrence Berry (who was sentenced in November to 30 years’ imprisonment for his role in the offense) to sexually exploit a 3-year-old minor child in August and September 2018. Brittany Berry acted at Lawrence Berry’s direction and sexually exploited the child on five different occasions for the purpose of creating and sending images and videos (live and recorded) of the sexual abuse to Lawrence over the internet.

In addition to the imprisonment term, Judge Hurd sentenced Brittany Berry to 15 years of supervised release to begin after she serves her term of imprisonment. Upon release from prison, Brittany Berry also will be required to register to as a sex offender in any state where she lives, is employed, or is a student.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the City of Cortland Police Department and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian LaRochelle as part of Safe Childhood.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney's offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), and is designed to marshal 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 December 21, 2021