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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, July 26, 2018

Delaware County Couple Sentenced for Sexual Exploitation of a 17-Month-Old Child

Justin and Jessica Crandall to Serve Decades in Prison

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Justin Crandall, age 30, and Jessica Crandall, age 28, both of Sidney, New York, were sentenced yesterday to serve 50 years (Justin) and 25 years (Jessica) in prison and lifetime terms of supervised release in connection with their previously entered guilty pleas to Sexual Exploitation of a Child, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Charles Margiotta, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and George P. Beach, II, Superintendent of the New York State Police.

In pleading guilty, Justin Crandall and Jessica Crandall admitted that in 2016 and 2017 they resided in Sidney, New York (Delaware County), and provided daycare on a weekly basis at their residence for a 17-month old child.  During that time period, and while the 17-month old child was in their care, the Crandalls used the child to engage in sexually explicit acts, while Justin Crandall produced videos and images of this conduct.  The FBI and New York State Police executed search warrants at the Crandall’s’ residence and located the sexually explicit videos and images on a cellular telephone.

Justin Crandall and Jessica Crandall were questioned by the New York State Police and voluntarily confessed in video and audio-recorded interviews to sexually exploiting the 17-month old child.

The investigation in this case was conducted by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force, consisting of FBI Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation. This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric. 

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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 26, 2018