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Greene County Man Sentenced to 120 Months for Attempting to Entice a Minor

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Thomas “Tommy” Squires, age 37, of Cairo, New York, was sentenced today to 120 months in prison for attempting to coerce and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity 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).

Squires admitted that between June 28, 2020 and August 19, 2020, he exchanged sexually explicit messages with an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old child, in an attempt to coerce and entice the child into engaging in sexual acts with him.  In those messages, Squires repeatedly asked the child for naked photos and sent photos of an erect penis to the presumed child.  Squires further admitted that on August 19, 2020, he traveled in order to meet with the child in Cairo.  Squires was arrested after arriving at the location, and he has been in custody since that date.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release, which will start after Squires is released from prison.  As a result of his conviction, Squires will be required 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, including the Colonie and Rotterdam Police Departments, as well as the New York State Police.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Williams as a 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.

Updated October 25, 2022

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