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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, August 10, 2017

Endicott Man Pleads Guilty to Sexually Exploiting Two Children and Possessing and Receiving Child Pornography

Richard M. Squires Made Images of Young Female Victims

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – Richard M. Squires, 58, of Endicott, New York, pled guilty today to Exploitation of a Child, Receiving Child Pornography, and Possession of Child Pornography in Federal Court in Binghamton, New York, announced Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office Vadim D. Thomas.

As part of his guilty plea, Richard M. Squires admitted that in 2013 he made images of his sexual exploitation of two minor females and in 2014 received and possessed images depicting child pornography at his home in Endicott, New York. At sentencing on December 19, 2017, Richard M. Squires faces a minimum sentence of 15 years and up to 30 years imprisonment for each count of child exploitation, a minimum sentence of five years and up to 20 years imprisonment for receiving child pornography, and up to 20 years imprisonment for possession of child pornography. Additionally, he faces a term of between five years and life of supervised release following his release from incarceration. He will also be ordered to register as a sex offender.

In April of 2017, law enforcement officials became aware of these offenses when one of the victims disclosed her sexual abuse by the defendant to a school official. Squires was interviewed by members of the Endicott Police Department and he confessed to making, possessing and receiving child pornography. Endicott Police and FBI Agents obtained search warrants for the defendant’s residence and electronic media located there and gathered evidence supporting his guilt.

This case was investigated by the Endicott Police Department and the FBI, and is being 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 August 10, 2017