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

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Ogdensburg Man Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Sexual Exploitation of a Minor

Harry McCarthy Was a Police Officer at the Time He Committed the Offense

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Harry McCarthy, age 58, of Ogdensburg, New York, was sentenced today to serve 15 years in prison for his sexual exploitation of a minor, announced 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).

As part of his guilty plea, McCarthy admitted that in 2013 and 2014, he used a minor to engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing images of that conduct.  At the time of his crime, McCarthy was employed as an officer at the City of Ogdensburg, New York Police Department.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also imposed a lifetime term of supervised release, which will start after McCarthy is released from incarceration, and to pay a $10,000 fine. As a result of his conviction, McCarthy will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI and the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Kopita and Geoffrey Brown.

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 April 19, 2018