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St. Lawrence County Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Tyler Hargrave, age 19, of Massena, New York, was arrested today in connection with an indictment charging him with the transportation, receipt, and possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith, Resident Agent in Charge Russell Linstad, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Massena, New York, and New York State Police Superintendent George P. Beach II. 

Hargrave was arrested by HSI Special Agents and New York State Police at his home in Massena, New York.  The defendant appeared in federal court in Syracuse was ordered detained in custody without bail pending a hearing scheduled for March 9, 2018.  

If convicted, Tyler Hargrave faces a mandatory minimum term of 5 years and a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000.00 and a term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life, as well as mandatory registration as a sex offender.  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 charges in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

This case is being investigated by U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), and the New York State Police and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Sahar L. Amandolare.

This multi-agency approach is a hallmark of Project Safe Childhood.  Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ 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 March 7, 2018

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