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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

Friday, March 17, 2017

Melrose Man Sentenced to 60 Months for Child Pornography Offenses

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jeremy Lillie, age 32, of Melrose, New York, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.

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

Senior U.S. District Judge Gary L. Sharpe imposed the sentence, which followed Lillie’s September 6, 2016 guilty plea to distributing, receiving, and possessing child pornography.

United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian stated: “We will continue to work with the FBI and our other law enforcement partners to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.”

FBI Special Agent in Charge Vadim Thomas stated: “The FBI together with our law enforcement partners and prosecutors are dedicated to protecting the children of our community.”

Judge Sharpe also imposed a lifetime term of supervised release to start after Lillie is released from prison, and ordered the immediate payment of $15,000 in restitution. The restitution order of $15,000 is the total amount requested by the two child pornography victims who were identified and submitted requests for restitution. Lillie possessed images of many other children who either have not yet been identified or who did not seek restitution in this case. As a result of his conviction, Lillie will be required to register as a sex offender after leaving prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the Colonie Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Solomon B. Shinerock.

This case is 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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 20, 2017