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Franklin County Man Sentenced to 190 Months for Possessing Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Robert Fitzgerald, age 83, of the Town of Waverly, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 190 months in prison for possessing child pornography.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

In pleading guilty, Fitzgerald admitted that between February and April 2018, he videorecorded himself engaging in sexually explicit conduct with a minor, and that he possessed these videos on August 9, 2019.

This case was investigated by HSI and the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Shira Hoffman and Katherine Kopita as part of Project 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

Updated May 18, 2021

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