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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Konn Sentenced For Child Pornography Offenses

Retired State Worker’s Child Pornography Collection Included
Thousands of Images and Over 800 Movies

ALBANY, NEW YORK – STEPHEN J. KONN, 64, of Clifton Park, New York, was sentenced today by the Honorable Mae A. D’Agostino to 120 months in federal prison followed by a 25- year term of supervised release, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Andrew W. Vale, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The sentence follows KONN’s April 30, 2014 conviction, after a three-day federal jury trial, for distribution of child pornography, receipt of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

The evidence presented at trial showed that KONN, a retired New York State Department of Taxation and Finance employee, used a peer-to-peer file trading program to distribute child pornography to an undercover FBI agent via the Internet. A subsequent search of KONN’s Clifton Park residence uncovered a computer containing over 4,000 images and 800 videos of child pornography, and evidence that KONN had been trading child pornography over the Internet for years.

Noting that “what went on here is not victimless,” Judge D’Agostino described KONN as leading a double life, and the materials he traded as “unspeakable” and “horrific in nature.”

This prosecution resulted from an investigation conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Albany Division. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Wayne A. Myers.

Updated January 29, 2015