Troy Man Pleads Guilty to Possessing Child Pornography
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Robert P. Halloran, age 27, of Troy, New York, pled guilty today to one count of possession of child pornography, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Charles Margiotta, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his guilty plea, Halloran admitted that from August 2016 through December 2016, he possessed approximately 60 video files containing child pornography that he stored in a Dropbox account. The video files depicted the sexual exploitation of children as young as 5 years old.
Halloran, who has a prior New York State misdemeanor conviction for Attempted Possession of an Obscene Sexual Performance by a Child, has been in custody since his arrest on April 13, 2017. He is scheduled to be sentenced on November 15, 2018, and faces at least 10 years and up to 20 years in prison, at least 5 years and up to lifetime post-imprisonment supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine. Halloran will also have to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison. 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.
This case was investigated by FBI, with assistance from the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.
This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.