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Man Sentenced to 6 Years in Prison for Transportation and Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Search Warrant at His Residence Led To Arrest

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK - Nicholas Feminella, 21, formerly of Danby, New York, was sentenced today to serve 72 months in prison for transporting and possessing child pornography,  announced Acting United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). 


As part of his guilty plea, Feminella admitted that he transported videos of child pornography by uploading them from his computer to a Drop Box account. On November 3, 2015, investigators searched Feminella’s residence in Danby, New York and recovered thousands of images and hundreds of videos depicting child pornography.


Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 15-year term of supervised release, which will start after Feminella is released from prison, and ordered him to pay $20,000.00 in restitution to the victims, and a $200 special assessment. As a result of his conviction, Feminella will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.


This case was investigated by the FBI, the New York State Police-Computer Crime Unit and Investigators from the New York State Police, Troop C.


This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.


Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ 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 October 11, 2017

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