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Rensselaer County Man Sentenced to 78 Months for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Derek Luch, age 50, of Troy, New York, was sentenced today to 78 months in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography, announced 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).

Luch admitted that between May 2021 and October 2021, he used a file-sharing service to download and receive numerous images of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct, including images of pre-pubescent children, onto his computer and external hard drives. He also admitted that he possessed child pornography when he was arrested on November 4, 2021.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 15-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release, and ordered forfeiture of the electronic devices used as part of the offense.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force. The Child Exploitation Task Force is comprised of FBI Special Agents, and state and local police investigators. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Wentworth-Ping as 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 November 14, 2022

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