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Saratoga County Man Sentenced to 96 Months on Child Pornography Charges

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert Gibeault Jr., age 52, of Gansevoort, New York, was sentenced today to 96 months in prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also sentenced Gibeault to a 15-year term of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment.  Gibeault will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison

In connection with his guilty plea on October 18, 2019, Gibeault admitted to using file-sharing program BitTorrent to distribute child pornography to other BitTorrent users from May 2017 through September 2017.  When his residence was searched pursuant to a federal search warrant in November 2017, his laptop computer was found to contain approximately 400 video files and 100 image files depicting the sexual exploitation of children.  These included files that Gibeault had previously distributed over the BitTorrent network. 

This case was investigated by HSI, with assistance from the New York State Police and Colonie Police Department, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

This case was prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ 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

Updated March 13, 2020

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