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Northern District of New York

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Friday, June 22, 2018

Watervliet Man Indicted For Sexual Exploitation of a Child

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Aaron Vroman, age 28, of Watervliet, New York, was indicted yesterday for sexual exploitation of a child by making pornographic images, distribution of child pornography, and possession of child pornography.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin M. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). 

According to the indictment, Vroman sexually exploited a child from September 2015 through December 2017, used file-sharing software to distribute child pornography over the internet in April 2017, and possessed child pornography on a laptop computer and flash drive. 

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations.  The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Vroman has been in custody since December 15, 2017 and will be arraigned at a later date. If convicted of all charges, Vroman faces at least 15 years and up to 30 years in prison, as well as post-imprisonment supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life.  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 is being investigated by HSI, with assistance from the New York State Police and the Colonie Police Department, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.

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.

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Project Safe Childhood
Updated June 22, 2018