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Dolgeville man pleads guilty to federal porn charges

By WKTV News

ALBANY, N.Y. - A Dolgeville man has pleaded guilty to federal pornography charges.

According to the U.S. Attorney's Office, Nathan Brown, 32, of Dolgeville pleaded guilty in United States District Court in Albany to three counts of producing child pornography and two counts of possessing child pornography.

Brown admitted that between 2010 and 2011 he used various smartphones to produce child pornography videos and still images of three different girls, all of whom were between the ages of 8 and 11 at the time the videos and images were produced.

Authorities said the videos and still images were produced in either a trailer home in Fulton County or in a hotel
room in Warren County. Brown further admitted that at his residence in Dolgeville, he possessed thousands of child pornography still images and videos, all of which he acquired via the Internet.

United States Attorney Hartunian stated that "this case represents the latest successful prosecution by the United States Attorney's Office of those who would endanger children through the production and possession of child pornography in this District. The lengthy prison sentence faced by this defendant reflects the severity of his conduct, and this office will continue to aggressively partner with our law enforcement partners to pursue and prosecute such offenders to the fullest extent of the law."

Nick DiNicola, Assistant Special Agent in Charge of HSI Albany stated that "while it is heart-breaking to discover evidence of innocent children being sexually exploited, it strengthens the resolve of law enforcement to investigate child pornography crimes. People who produce child pornography are putting our children at risk. We will continue to aggressively investigate those who victimize children and will work in partnership with our law enforcement partners in upstate New York in order to protect our communities from sexual predators."

Sentencing was scheduled for September 12, 2012, at 1 p.m. in U.S. District Court in Albany.

Brown faces a mandatory minimum sentence of at least fifteen years imprisonment on each of the three counts of production, up to a maximum of thirty years imprisonment on each count. Brown faces a maximum term of imprisonment of ten years on each of the two counts of possession.

Each count of conviction carries a fine of up to $250,000. Brown was detained pending his sentencing.

The case was investigated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Homeland Security.

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