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

Monday, March 2, 2015

New Hartford Man Sentenced to 160 Months on Child Pornography Charges


SYRACUSE, NEW YORK - United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian announced that WILLIAM P. MC COY, 66, of New Hartford, New York was sentenced today in United States District Court following his earlier plea of guilty to a four-count Information charging him with receipt and possession of child pornography.

United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby sentenced MC COY to concurrent terms of 160 months imprisonment on each of the four counts. Following his term of imprisonment, MC COY will be placed on supervised release for 20 years, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

MC COY’s arrest came about as a result of an investigation by the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations, with assistance from the New York State Police and United States Postal Inspection Service. Agents discovered that MC COY had been using the Internet to obtain and share child pornography. They recovered nearly 1,200 images and 4 video files depicting the abuse of children from MC COY’s computers and other electronic devices. They also recovered evidence that MC COY created child pornography by morphing innocent images of children by adding objects to the images to make them sexually explicit. Additionally, agents also discovered that MC COY created his own videos of actual children by surreptitiously videotaping, on separate occasions, two minor children, capturing depictions of the children as they undressed.

MC COY was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Lisa Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York. 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


Updated March 18, 2015