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Oswego Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution and Possession of Child Pornography

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Richard Alvarado, age 27, of Oswego, New York, pled guilty today to one count of distribution of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen.

Alvarado, who remains detained pending his sentencing scheduled for January 19, 2021 before United States District Judge David N. Hurd in Utica, New York, faces at least 5 years and up to 40 years in prison.  The Court will also impose a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.  Alvarado will also be required to register as a sex offender.

As part of his guilty plea, Alvarado admitted that he actively traded child pornography images and videos using a social media messaging application on his phone, and that on February 29, 2020 he distributed videos of child pornography through the application, including video files depicting sexual conduct with children between 5 and 9 years old. Alvarado further admitted that on June 22, 2020, he knowingly possessed numerous image and video files depicting child pornography on his phone.

This case was investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force, comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and Computer Crimes Unit (CCU).  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown 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 September 21, 2021

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