BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK - Michael McCann, age 31, of Haverhill, Massachusetts, and formerly of Ilion, New York, pled guilty today to sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Janelle M. Miller, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his guilty plea, McCann admitted to taking and distributing a photograph of himself engaged in sexual conduct with a 3-year old child, as well as possessing videos and still images depicting child pornography.
McCann, who is held without bail, will be sentenced on October 22, 2018 and faces up to fifty (50) years in prison, a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of fifteen (15) years, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-imprisonment supervised release of at least five (5) years and up to life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.
This case was investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force, a federal task force that investigates cases involving the sexual exploitation of children. The task force consists of FBI Agents and New York State Police Investigators. This investigation was conducted with the assistance of the FBI Little Rock, Arkansas Field Office, the FBI Lowell, Massachusetts Resident Agency, the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, the Herkimer County Child Advocacy Center, Herkimer County Child Protective Services, the Village of Ilion, NY Police Department and the Haverhill, Massachusetts Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Carina H. Schoenberger.
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 https://www.justice.gov/psc