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Man Sentenced For Receipt And Possession Of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York
Ordered to Serve 70 Months in Federal Prison and Pay $11,900 in Restitution

ALBANY, NEW YORK – John J. Tighe, 57, of Ballston Spa, New York, was sentenced on June 9 to 70 months in federal prison and 15 years of supervised release on child pornography charges by Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy, 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. Tighe must also pay $11,900 in restitution to three victims whose images he possessed and register as a sex offender.

As part of his earlier guilty plea on January 26, 2015, Tighe admitted that in June 2013 he received child pornography and that in October 2013 he possessed child pornography involving prepubescent minors and minors who had not attained 12 years of age.

This case was investigated by the New York State Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and was prosecuted by Special Assistant United States Attorney Amanda W. Cox and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

The case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit

Updated June 11, 2015