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Saratoga Springs Man Indicted for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Christopher Barry, age 41, of Saratoga Springs, New York, was arrested and arraigned yesterday on an indictment charging receipt and possession of child pornography.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.

The indictment alleges that between June 2021 and January 2022, Barry received child pornography, and, on February 9, 2023, possessed two phones containing child pornography. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

If convicted, Barry would face at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life. 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.

Barry was arraigned yesterday in Albany before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel and ordered detained pending trial.

HSI is investigating this case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Wentworth-Ping is prosecuting this case 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 June 23, 2023

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