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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Greene County Man Pleads Guilty to Attempting to Entice and Transfer Obscene Material to a Minor

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Thomas “Tommy” Squires, age 37, of Cairo, New York, pled guilty today to attempting to coerce and entice a 14-year-old child to engage in sexual acts with him. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his guilty plea, Squires admitted that between July and August, 2020, he sent graphic, sexually explicit text messages to an undercover investigator who was posing as the 14-year-old child.  In those messages, Squires repeatedly asked the child for naked photos and sent photos of an erect penis to the child.  Squires further asked to meet the child in person at a location in Cairo in order to engage in sexual acts with the child in his car.  On August 19, 2020, Squires traveled from his residence in Cairo to the pre-determined location to meet and have sex with the child.  Squires was encountered by law enforcement upon his arrival and arrested.

Squires faces at least 10 years and up to life in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. Sentencing is scheduled for October 12, 2022 in Albany before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. Squires will also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies.  This case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Rachel L. Williams 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).  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 June 14, 2022