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

Monday, September 9, 2019

Menands Man Pleads Guilty to Child Pornography Charges

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Kenneth J. Monahan, age 44, of Menands, New York, pled guilty today to one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and two counts of possession of child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his guilty plea, Monahan admitted to using peer-to-peer software to distribute numerous images of child pornography in February and April 2018.  He also admitted to downloading child pornography from the Internet from 2017 through April 2018, and to possessing over 1,300 images of child pornography in May 2018. 

Sentencing is scheduled for January 6, 2020 in Albany, before Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.  Monahan faces a minimum of 5 years and up to 20 years in prison.  The Court is also required to impose a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life, and Monahan 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 FBI with assistance from the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia G. Suarez. 

This case is 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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated September 10, 2019