☷Ithaca Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography
Federal Bureau of Investigation ( By Press Release office)
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Ithaca Man Pleads Guilty to Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography SYRACUSE , NEW YORK – Leroy Reed , age 53 , of Ithaca , New York , pled guilty today before Senior United States District Judge Thomas J . McAvoy to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography , announced United States Attorney Carla B . Freedman , Janeen DiGuiseppi , Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation ( FBI ) and New York State Police Superintendent Kevin P . Bruen . Reed , who remains detained pending his sentencing scheduled for September 20 , 2022 , faces at least 15 years in prison and up to 60 years imprisonment on the charges . The Court will also impose a term of supervised release of between 5 years and life . A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the statute the defendant is charged with violating , the U . S . Sentencing Guidelines , and other factors . As part of his guilty plea , Reed , admitted that from February 2020 to March 2021 he used a computer to download child pornography over the internet using peer - to - peer file sharing software . A subsequent search of Reed’s apartment revealed that he was in possession of 55 images and 94 video files depicting child pornography . Reed is a registered sex offender who was convicted in 2002 of Rape in the First Degree involving a victim who was 15 years old . Reed’s case was investigated by the FBI Syracuse Mid - State Child Exploitation Task Force , comprised of FBI Special Agents and Investigators of the New York State Police , Bureau of Criminal Investigation ( BCI ) , with assistance from the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Office . The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U . S . Attorney Geoffrey J . L . Brown as a part of Project Safe Childhood . Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice , Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section ( CEOS ) , and is designed to marshal 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 . For more information about Project Safe Childhood , please visit https://www . justice . gov/psc .
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