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

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Oswego Man Pleads Guilty to Distribution, Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography

Search Warrant at His Home Locates Large Cache of Child Pornography

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – James M. Moody, 42, of Oswego, New York, pled guilty today in Utica before United States District Judge David N. Hurd to one count of distribution of child pornography, one count of receipt of child pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and Brian Devine, Resident Agent in Charge, Homeland Security Investigations, Syracuse Office.


As part of his guilty plea, Moody admitted that he distributed images of child pornography through a Peer-to-Peer file sharing program. On October 23, 2015, investigators searched Moody’s residence, and recovered hundreds of images and numerous videos depicting child pornography.


Moody was ordered held in custody pending his sentencing on January 26, 2017 in Utica, New York. He faces at least five (5) years of imprisonment and up to twenty (20) years of imprisonment on each of the distribution and receipt counts, and up to twenty (20) years of imprisonment on the possession count.  Sentences of imprisonment may be concurrent or consecutive at the discretion of the Court. The Court will also impose a term of supervised release of between five (5) years and life, and Moody will be required to register as a sex offender. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors.


This case was investigated by Homeland Security Investigations, and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown.


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

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Updated September 29, 2016