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Watertown Man Sentenced to 144 Months for Attempted Enticement of a Minor and Distribution of Child Pornography

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Conner Spells, age 24, of Watertown, New York was sentenced yesterday to serve 144 months in prison and 10 years of supervised release for the attempted enticement of a minor he believed was 10 years old and for distribution of child pornography. 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.

When Spells pled guilty he admitted that, in October 2021, he exchanged multiple sexually explicit messages online with an undercover officer to arrange a sexual encounter with a 10-year-old child the undercover officer purported to have access to and could provide for sex. Spells also admitted that, during his text message communications with the undercover officer, he distributed child pornography to the officer and traveled from the Watertown, New York area to the Binghamton, New York area as arranged for the sexual encounter.

Spells’s case was investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force. This task force is comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police, Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael D. Gadarian as a part 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 May 12, 2023

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