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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, May 3, 2018

Granby Man Sentenced to 360 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of Five Children

Clif J. Seaway Was Found Guilty After a Four-Day Jury Trial in December 2017

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Clif J. Seaway, age 61, of Granby, New York, was sentenced today to serve 360 years in prison in connection with his convictions for two counts of Conspiracy to Sexually Exploit Children and ten counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Child, following a four-day jury trial in December 2017, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II, and Kevin M. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Division of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Seaway was also sentenced to serve a life-term of supervised release if he is released from imprisonment.  He is also required to register as a sex offender.

The evidence at trial established that Clif J. Seaway conspired with co-defendants Tammy Lamere and Tammy Martin to sexually exploit five minor children from 2001 through 2013 in Oswego, Onondaga, and Jefferson Counties, and produced thousands of sexually explicit photos and videos of that abuse. During the trial, the jury viewed numerous videos and photographs made by the defendant of his sexual exploitation of all five victims and heard testimony from one who is now an adult. The trial evidence also included the defendant’s recorded confession to New York State Police Investigators. 

“Clifford Seaway earned and received hard time for horrifying crimes. This lengthy sentence is appropriate punishment for the defendant’s prolonged sexual exploitation of five minor victims.   Our commitment to continuing to work with our law enforcement partners to make sure that such child predators are held accountable for their crimes is complete and unyielding,” said United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith.

State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II said, “This sentence reflects the severity of the crimes committed against those who are most vulnerable, our children. The State Police and our law enforcement partners will continue to seek justice for those who have been victimized and have zero tolerance for those who prey on children. We want to thank the agencies involved for their partnership and hard work ensuring the defendant will serve time for these deplorable crimes.”

“Seaway and others sexually exploited children for more than a decade and recorded these depraved acts. Today's sentencing makes abundantly clear the severe consequences that await those engaged in this horrific behavior," said HSI Buffalo Special Agent in Charge Kevin Kelly. "HSI continues to protect those that are most vulnerable and will continue to make these types of cases a priority along with our state and local partners.”

Co-defendant Tammy Lamere pled guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on May 23, 2018. Co-defendant Tammy Martin pled guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced on June 7, 2018.

This case was investigated by the New York State Police and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) with assistance provided by the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York, and Assistant United States Attorney Carina H. Schoenberger. 

This case was 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), 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 May 4, 2018