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Northern District of New York

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Mattydale Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

Defendant Admits to Distributing, Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Steven Doty, 52, of Mattydale, New York, pled guilty yesterday to two counts of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.


The announcement was made by the United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Vadim Thomas, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).


As part of his guilty plea, Doty admitted to using peer-to-peer software to distribute videos of child pornography on July 6, 2015 and from July 16, 2016 through July 29, 2016. Doty also admitted to downloading a file directory containing approximately one-thousand (1000) images of child pornography and possessing thirty-two (32) “hard core” videos. Sentencing is scheduled for August 30, 2017, in Utica, New York.


Doty, who is detained in custody pending sentencing, faces a minimum term of imprisonment of five (5) years on the charges for distribution and receipt of child pornography. Doty faces a maximum term of imprisonment of twenty (20) years on all four counts. The Court is also required to impose a term of supervised release between five (5) years and life, and Doty will be required to register as a sex offender. 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 Albany Division of the FBI (Syracuse Resident Agency) and the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Levine.


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

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Updated May 3, 2017