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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Liverpool, New York Man Pleads Guilty To Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

Admits to Charges One Week Before Trial

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Christopher Filippi, 48, of Liverpool, New York, pled guilty today to the entirety of a four-count indictment charging him with the receipt and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian. In entering his guilty pleas before United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes, Filippi admitted he received and possessed thousands of photographs and videos containing child pornography. A jury trial in the case was to begin on February 9, 2016.

At sentencing on May 27, 2016, Filippi faces a mandatory minimum term of five years in prison and a maximum term of up to twenty years in prison on each count. Sentences are imposed by a judge based upon the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the United States Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. In addition to a term of incarceration, Filippi will be required to register as a sex offender and to pay restitution to the victims depicted in the child pornography images he possessed. He will also forfeit the computer equipment used in his crimes and be required to serve a term of supervised release for a minimum of five years and up to life.

The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation ("FBI") with assistance from the Syracuse Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Nicolas Commandeur.

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Updated February 3, 2016