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Friday, February 16, 2018

Morrisville Man Sentenced to 90 Months For Child Pornography Offenses

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Michael Caraher, age 28, of Morrisville, New York, was sentenced today to 90 months in prison for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography.

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

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Caraher to 20 years of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment.  Caraher will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Caraher pled guilty in October 2017.  He admitted using a custom-built desktop computer to access child pornography-oriented Internet sites, including at least one site on the anonymous “Tor” network, for the purpose of downloading child pornography.  Caraher admitted to using peer-to-peer file-sharing software on a laptop computer to download additional child pornography, which he stored on external drives.  Overall, Caraher downloaded and saved more than 100 videos and almost 1,000 images depicting child pornography.  Caraher further admitted to using an instant messaging application on his phone to trade child pornography with other users.

This case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood.  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

Project Safe Childhood
Updated February 16, 2018