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

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Friday, July 22, 2016

Etna Man Convicted After Jury Trial On Child Pornography Charges

Robert Snyder Faces 5 years to 20 Years in Prison

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK – A federal jury today convicted Robert Snyder, 67, of Etna, New York, of receipt, possession, and accessing with intent to view child pornography following a four day long trial, said United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian, Inspector in Charge Shelly Binkowski, United States Postal Inspection Service, and the Toronto (Canada) Police Service. 

Snyder faces a minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on November 22, 2016, by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. 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. 

The evidence at trial showed that in 2010 and 2011 Snyder purchased seven (7) DVD disks containing child pornography videos from Azovfilms, a company located in Toronto, Canada. A search warrant executed at the offices of Azovfilms resulted in the seizure of records and documents which showed that Snyder and others purchased child pornography videos.  Additionally, a search of Snyder’s residence in October of 2014 resulted in the seizure of computers and other digital storage media which contained numerous additional images of child pornography. 

This case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service with assistance from the Toronto (Canada) Police Service and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Miroslav Lovric.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated July 25, 2016