Lee man sentenced in federal court for sexually abusing neighbor

By WKTV News

LEE, N.Y. (WKTV) - A Town of Lee man was sentenced in federal court on Thursday after pleading guilty last winter to multiple counts pertaining to child pornography.

According to a U.S. Attorney, Brett Salmon 43, of Lee was sentenced to a total of 65 years in federal prison as a result of his March 2012 guilty pleas to four counts of producing child pornography and additional counts of receiving and possessing child pornography he obtained over the Internet.

Salmon was sentenced to four concurrent 50 year sentences for the images and videos he produced of his sexual abuse of a child in his home. Those sentences were ordered to run consecutively to a 15 year sentence imposed on his Internet child pornography offenses. Authorities said Salmon will be placed on supervised release for the remainder of his life should he ever be released from federal prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender.

When he pleaded guilty, Salmon admitted that between 2010 and 2011 at his home, he sexually abused his 13 year old neighbor who has autism and producing video of it.

Salmon's abuse of the child, and his depictions of the abuse, were discovered during the execution of a search warrant at his Rome home in April 2011 by members of the Oneida County Sheriff's Office and Child Advocacy Center. Following execution of the search warrant, forensic analysis found that, in addition to the images and videos of his abuse of the child in his home, Salmon possessed 107 other images of child pornography, including images depicting prepubescent children that he obtained through an Internet distribution network known as Utorrent.

Authorities said his arrest was the result of an investigation by the Oneida County District Attorney's Office - Child Advocacy Center, the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, and the Utica Police Department. The federal charges were prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Lisa Fletcher as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, and 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.

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