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Onondaga County Man Sentenced for Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Timothy B. Pease, age 32, of Kirkville, New York, was sentenced today to serve 160 months in prison for his distribution, receipt, and possession of child pornography.  The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

As part of his prior guilty plea, 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.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release, which will start after Pease is released from prison.   Pease will also be required to register as a sex offender.

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 was 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

Updated December 13, 2021

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