You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Northern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 9, 2019

Ulster County Man Found Guilty of Sexually Exploiting a Child and Distributing and Possessing Child Pornography

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Matthew Osuba, 34, of Saugerties, New York, was found guilty today of sexual exploitation of a child, of distributing child pornography, and of possessing child pornography following a three-day jury trial.  The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and James N. Hendricks, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

The evidence at trial showed that Osuba videotaped himself sexually exploiting a minor child.  The trial evidence also included that he sent three images of child pornography over the internet using a chat application on his mobile phone, and possessed three additional images of prepubescent girls engaged in sexually explicit conduct. 

Sentencing is set for December 12, 2019, before Senior United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.  Osuba faces a minimum sentence of 15 years, and a maximum sentence of up to 70 years in prison, to be followed by a term of supervised release of up to life. He will also be required to register 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.

This case was investigated by the FBI, New York State Police, the Town of Colonie (New York) Police Department, and the Warren County (New York) Sheriff’s Department.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Katherine Kopita and Shira C. Hoffman.

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 https://www.justice.gov/psc.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Updated August 11, 2019