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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, March 12, 2020

Montgomery County Man Sentenced to 30 Years for Producing and Transporting Child Pornography

ALBANY, NEW YORK – John D. Salisbury, age 49, of Hagaman, New York, was sentenced today to 360 months in prison for producing and transporting child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith; Susan Ferensic, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI); and Keith M. Corlett, Superintendent of the New York State Police (NYSP).

Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue also sentenced Salisbury to a lifetime term of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment.  Salisbury will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison

Salisbury pled guilty on June 21, 2019, to four counts of sexual exploitation of a child, and one count of transportation of child pornography. 

In connection with 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. 

In addition, the investigation determined that in November 2017, Salisbury exchanged text messages with an undercover investigator, in which he repeatedly expressed sexual interest in a child under his care whom he previously sexually exploited, and sent the investigator two photos of the child, including a screenshot from one of the videos filmed in the bathroom of his residence. 

This case was investigated by the FBI and the New York State Police, with assistance from the Colonie Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet 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 http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated March 12, 2020