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Kingston Man Pleads Guilty to Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Thomas O’Bryan, age 41, of Kingston, New York, pled guilty yesterday to distribution and possession of child pornography.  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), made the announcement.

O’Bryan admitted that between March 19 and September 22, 2020, he traded child pornography on a social media application using the screenname “irishbstrdinc.”  The defendant also admitted that on September 22, 2020, he possessed child pornography.  The child pornography images and videos distributed and possessed by the defendant portrayed sadistic and masochistic conduct, and the sexual abuse and exploitation of toddlers. 

The distribution of child pornography charge carries a mandatory minimum term of 5 years and a maximum term of 20 years in prison. The possession of child pornography charge carries a maximum term of 20 years. O’Bryan also faces a fine of up to $250,000, a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life, forfeiture to the United States of property used to commit his offenses, restitution to identified victims, and he will have register as a sex offender upon his release from prison. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

Sentencing is scheduled for July 13, 2023, in Albany, before United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby. 

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 New York State Police, and the Colonie and Rotterdam Police Departments.  Assistant United States Attorney Rachel L. Williams is prosecuting this case 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

Updated February 3, 2023

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