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Jamesville Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Federal Prison For Distribution, Transportation and Possession of Child Pornography

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Roy Bovee, age 34, of Jamesville, New York, was sentenced today to serve 15 years in federal prison for distribution, transportation and possession of child pornography, announced Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police Superintendent Kevin Bruen. 

As part of his guilty plea, Bovee admitted that in July 2020 he used the Kik Messenger application on his cellular telephone to distribute child pornography to other other Kik users.  A search of the defendant’s cellular telephone revealed that he possessed 152 images and 113 video files depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. The images and videos included depictions of the rape and sodomy of prepubescent children.  In addition, Bovee admitted to uploading over 100 images and videos depicting minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct to his on-line cloud storage account.   

Bovee is a registered sex offender who while in the military was convicted in 2010 of Distribution of Child Pornography, sentenced to 20 months imprisonment, and given a bad conduct discharge. 

United States District Judge David N. Hurd also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release, which will start after Bovee is released from prison, and ordered him to pay a $300 special assessment and $9,000 in restitution to the victims of his crimes.

At the time of his offense Bovee was on federal supervised release for a 2014 conviction for failing to register as a sex offender, for which he served a 54-month sentence. Today he also received a concurrent term of 9 months imprisonment for violating the conditions of that release.

Bovee’s case was investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force, comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), and Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) with assistance from the United States Probation Office.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown 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

Updated August 11, 2021

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