Man gets 90 months in prison in child porn case

Published Feb 17, 2018 at 4:00pm

MORRISVILLE — A 28-year-old was sentenced in U.S. District Court for possessing child pornography.

Michael Caraher, of Morrisville, was sentenced Friday to 90 months in prison for distribution, receipt and possession of child pornography, according to U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Vadim D. Thomas, special agent in charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Chief U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Caraher to 20 years of supervised release, to begin following his term of imprisonment. Caraher will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

Caraher pleaded guilty in October. He admitted using a custom-built desktop computer to access child pornography-oriented Internet sites, including at least one site on the anonymous “Tor” network, for the purpose of downloading child pornography, investigators said. Caraher admitted to using peer-to-peer file-sharing software on a laptop computer to download additional child pornography, which he stored on external drives.

Overall, Caraher downloaded and saved more than 100 videos and almost 1,000 images depicting child pornography, investigators said. Caraher further admitted to using an instant messaging application on his phone to trade child pornography with other users. The case was investigated by the FBI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Emmet O’Hanlon.

The case was prosecuted as 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. 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.