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Saugerties Man Sentenced to 85 Months for Receiving and Possessing Child Pornography

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert Morales, age 73, of Saugerties, New York, was sentenced today to serve 85 months in prison for receipt and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Michael Alfonso, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), New York.

United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Morales to 15 years of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment, and ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine and $15,000 in restitution to five of the victims depicted in the materials he possessed.  Morales will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Morales pled guilty on July 15, 2021.  He admitted that between May 2014 and November 2017, he used a desktop computer equipped with a peer-to-peer file-sharing application to receive, and make available for download, child pornography.  Morales also possessed child pornography on seven other devices that were seized from his residence.  Morales’s desktop computer and external devices contained approximately 36 video files and 1,182 image files depicting child pornography.

This case was investigated by HSI.  This case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon 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), and is designed to marshal 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 December 8, 2022

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