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Madison County Man Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Thomas Collins, age 36, of Chittenango, New York, was sentenced yesterday to serve 10-years in federal prison for distributing and possessing numerous images and videos of child pornography announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman, Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge of United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Buffalo Field Office, and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Steven G. James.

As part of his prior guilty plea, Collins admitted that on several occasions in April of 2023, he distributed images and videos of child pornography to two undercover law enforcement officers via the same social networking application. Collins also admitted that on the day of his arrest, May 18, 2023, he possessed numerous images and videos of child pornography on several of his electronic devices.

United States District Judge David N. Hurd also sentenced Collins to serve a 10-year term of supervised release following his release from prison, at which time Collins will be required to register as a sex offender.

The case was investigated by United States Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the New York State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, and the New York State Police Troop D Computer Crime Unit. Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian LaRochelle prosecuted the case 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 May 17, 2024

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