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Schenectady Man Pleads Guilty to Sexual Exploitation of a Child

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Terence Wilson, age 40, of Schenectady, New York, pled guilty today to five counts of sexual exploitation of a child. 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.

As part of his guilty plea, Wilson admitted that he sexually exploited a child from the time the child was approximately 8 years old until the child was approximately 15 years old and that he created approximately 50 videos depicting the abuse.

Under the parties’ plea agreement, at sentencing on November 9, 2023 before Chief United States District Judge Brenda K. Sannes, Wilson faces an imprisonment term of at least 25 years and up to 35 years, a fine of up to $250,000, restitution to the victim, and a post-imprisonment term of supervised release of between 5 years and life. Wilson also will have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the New York State Police. Former Assistant United States Attorney Rachel L. Williams and Assistant United States Attorneys Michael D. Gadarian and Adrian LaRochelle prosecuted 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 July 31, 2023

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