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A former Ilion man has admitted to taking and distributing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith.

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 5:01 PM

A former Ilion man has admitted to taking and distributing child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Grant Jaquith.

Michael McCann, 31, formerly of Ilion and currently of Haverhill, Massachusetts, pleaded guilty Thursday in Binghamton to sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography, which officials say occurred locally.

As part of his guilty plea, McCann admitted to taking and distributing a photograph of himself engaged in sexual conduct with a three-year-old child, and he also admitted to possessing videos and still images of child pornography.

According to a previous news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, McCann was arrested on April 24, 2017 in Haverhill, Massachusetts. Officials say McCann took the photo of himself and the three-year-old child engaged in sexually explicit conduct on April 16, 2017 in Herkimer County, and he sent the images online to an undercover FBI Task Force Officer in Arkansas on April 18, 2017.

McCann is being held without bail, and he’s scheduled to be sentenced on Oct. 22. He faces a mandatory minimum sentence of 15 years in prison, and up to 50 years in prison. He also faces a fine of up to $250,000, and a term of post-release supervision of five years to life.

Agencies involved in the investigation included the FBI Syracuse Mid-State Child Exploitation Task Force, the FBI Little Rock, Arkansas Field Office, the FBI Lowell, Massachusetts Resident Agency, the Herkimer County District Attorney’s Office, the Herkimer County Child Advocacy Center, Herkimer County Child Protective Services, the Ilion Police Department and the Haverhill Police Department.

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