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Otsego County Woman Pleads Guilty to Distribution of Child Pornography

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Shelby Ortiz, age 30, of Maryland, New York pled guilty today to distribution of child pornography. The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Matthew Scarpino, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

During the change of plea hearing today, Ortiz admitted that she subjected an approximately seven-month-old boy to mouth to penis contact, knowing that the sex act she was performing was being video recorded. She admitted further that, on the same day she performed the sex act, she knowingly distributed the video to a person then living in Florida with whom she was participating in an online and telephone dominant/submissive sexual relationship.

If the plea agreement is accepted by the district court, at sentencing on February 21, 2023, Ortiz faces a term of imprisonment of between 10 and 20 years, a term of post imprisonment supervised release of between five years and life, a fine of up to $250,000, restitution to the victim, and will be required to register as a sex offender. 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.

This case is being investigated by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Oneonta Police Department, led by Police Chief Christopher Witzenburg, and the New York State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian as part of Project Safe Childhood.

Project Safe Childhood is a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorney’s offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

Updated October 11, 2022

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