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Friday, June 21, 2019

Montgomery County Man Pleads Guilty to Producing and Transporting Child Pornography

ALBANY, NEW YORK – John D. Salisbury, age 48, of Hagaman, New York, pled guilty today to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and 1 count of transportation 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, Salisbury admitted that on four occasions between October 2016 and February 2017, he used a hidden camera inside the bathroom of his residence to produce sexually explicit videos depicting a minor.  Salisbury also admitted that he knowingly uploaded photos and videos depicting child pornography from a smartphone to an Internet-based email account. 

Salisbury will be sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue on October 21, 2019.  Salisbury faces a sentence of at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison on each of the four counts of sexual exploitation, and between 5 and 20 years on the transportation count.  Salisbury also can be sentenced to at least 5 years and up to lifetime post-imprisonment supervised release.  He will also have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. 

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 Troop G Computer Crimes Unit, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet J. O’Hanlon.

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 June 21, 2019