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Highland Man Sentenced to Five Years for Distributing Child Pornography

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Neil Rothfeder, age 58, of Highland, New York, was sentenced today to 5 years in prison, to be followed by a lifetime term of supervised release, for distributing child pornography.


The announcement was made by United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Angel M. Melendez, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York. 


As part of his sentence, Rothfeder will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. 


As part of his July 6, 2016 plea, Rothfeder admitted to emailing child pornography to others in 2012. 


The case was investigated by HSI New York and prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Katherine Kopita.


This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims.  For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated December 20, 2016

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