Onondaga County Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution, Receipt, and Possession of Child Pornography
SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Timothy B. Pease, 32, of Kirkville, New York, pled guilty yesterday to charges of distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography. The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
In pleading guilty before Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby in Syracuse, Pease admitted that from December 2019 through January of 2020, he used various online social networking applications to receive and distribute child pornography. Pease also admitted that during this time he used another social networking application, on which he posed as a teenage girl, to solicit teenage boys to produce sexually explicit images and videos of themselves, which Pease then distributed to others. Pease also admitted to possessing thousands of images and videos of child pornography at the time of his arrest on January 23, 2020.
Pease faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, as well as a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life. Upon his release from prison, Pease also will be required to register as a sex offender in any state where he lives, is employed, or is a student. His sentencing is scheduled for December 14, 2021.
A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant violated, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
This case was investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force. This task force is comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI). The case is being prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Adrian LaRochelle as a part of Project Safe Childhood.
Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.