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Utica Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – John Seiselmyer, age 49, of Utica, New York, was arrested today and charged with possessing child pornography.  The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon, Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen.

According to the criminal complaint, Seiselmyer possessed videos of child pornography on his home computer.  Seiselmyer is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2007 of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree with a victim who was less than 11 years old. The charge in the complaint is merely an accusation. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The charge against Seiselmyer carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years and a maximum of 20 years in prison, a post-release term of supervision of between 5 years and life, and a fine of up to $250,000.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.

Seiselmyer made his initial appearance today before United States Magistrate Judge Therese Wiley Dancks and was detained pending further proceedings.

This case is being investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force, comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), with assistance from the Utica Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Geoffrey J. L. Brown as a 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 September 27, 2021

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