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Repeat Albany Sex Offender Sentenced to 139 Months

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Terry L. Shellenberger, age 50, of Albany, was sentenced today to 129 months in prison for child pornography possession, and an additional 10 months in prison for supervised release violations, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith.

Senior United States District Judge Lawrence E. Kahn also imposed a 25-year term of supervised release, to begin once Shellenberger is released from prison.  Shellenberger must also register as a sex offender.

In pleading guilty, Shellenberger admitted that on July 21, 2018, while on supervised release for a prior federal felony, he was in possession of a phone that he used to download child pornography videos from the internet.  Shellenberger had not previously informed Probation Officers that he had the phone, as he was required to do.  Probation Officers found it during an unannounced home visit. 

Shellenberger has prior federal convictions for child pornography possession (2006) and failure to register as a sex offender (2017). 

This case was investigated by the United States Probation Office for the Northern District of New York, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood.  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

Updated October 4, 2019

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