Gansevoort Man Arrested for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Joshua Brackett, age 33, of Gansevoort, New York, was ordered detained on Monday following his January 19 arrest on charges of distributing and possessing child pornography.
The announcement was made by 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 (FBI).
The complaint filed against Brackett alleges that he distributed and possessed child pornography on a homemade desktop computer that has peer-to-peer file-sharing software. The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
If convicted on all charges, Brackett faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, a maximum $250,000 fine, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. 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. If convicted, Brackett would also have to register as a sex offender.
This case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.
This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood. 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), 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.