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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Corning Man Pleads Guilty To Possession Of Child Pornography

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
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ROCHESTER, N.Y.- Acting U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kevin Theil, 53, of Corning, NY, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography before U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer. The charge carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. 

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who is handling the case, stated that between 2013 and December 16, 2016, the defendant possessed more than 300 images of child pornography on an Apple MacBook Pro laptop. Theil received the images over the internet. Some of the images depicted prepubescent minors and violence.

In November, 2016, the Ithaca Police Department was alerted by a cooperating witness (CW) that she knew a man from Corning who had a sexual interest in children. The CW told officers that Theil showed her naked images of young girls, approximately seven or eight years old, on his iPad. In addition, the CW stated that Theil admitted to her that he had previously sexually abused his niece on multiple occasions when she was approximately 14 years old. The CW further stated that on another occasion, Theil asked her to facilitate a sexual encounter with a minor female.

On December 15, 2016, search warrants were executed at the defendant’s residence in Corning and at Theil’s lake house in Hammondsport, NY. Following the searches, a forensic examination of the defendant’s computer revealed 367 images of child pornography on Theil’s laptop.
The plea is the result of an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Adam S. Cohen, the New York State Police, under the direction of Major Richard Allen, the Ithaca Police Department, under the direction of Chief Pete Tyler, the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, under the direction of Sheriff James Allard, and the Albany Division of the FBI, under the direction of Special Agent-in-Charge Vadam Thomas.

Sentencing is scheduled for December 21, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. before Judge Larimer.

Updated November 2, 2017