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Corning Man Sentenced For Possession Of Child Pornography

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

CONTACT:      Barbara Burns
PHONE:         (716) 843-5817
FAX:            (716) 551-3051

ROCHESTER, N.Y.-U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Kevin Theil, 54, of Corning, NY, who was convicted of possession of child pornography, was sentenced to 30 months in prison and 10 years supervised release by U.S. District Judge David G. Larimer.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Melissa M. Marangola, who handled 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 sentencing 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.

Updated December 22, 2017