Schenectady Man Indicted for Producing and Receiving Child Pornography
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Shaun Morant, age 27, of Schenectady, New York, was indicted Tuesday for producing and receiving child pornography.
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), made the announcement.
The indictment alleges that in January 2022, Morant produced and received child pornography involving a 10-year old girl, and that between January 2020 and April 2022, Morant received child pornography involving a ten-year old boy. The charges in the indictment are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
On the producing child pornography count, Morant faces at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, if convicted. On the receipt counts, Morant faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, if convicted. 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.
The FBI is investigating the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss is prosecuting the 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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.