Fort Edward Man Sentenced For Receipt of Child Pornography
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Michael R. Bush, age 49, of Fort Edward, New York, was sentenced today to 121 months in prison following his guilty plea to receiving child pornography.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
As part of his guilty plea, Bush admitted that in October 2016 he used his phone to download from the Internet over 20 image files containing child pornography. The images depicted sexual abuse of children as young as 3 years old.
In sentencing Bush, United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino told him that the children in the images he received “are victims in every conceivable sense.”
“Images of child pornography involve real children,” she said. “These are not caricatures. These are not made-up images.” Bush was also ordered to serve a lifetime term of supervised release following his prison sentence. He must also register as a sex offender.
This case was investigated by the FBI, New York State Police and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.
This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/