ALBANY, NEW YORK – Jonathan L. Morgan, age 32, of Gloversville, New York, was sentenced today to 180 months in prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
In previously pleading guilty, Morgan admitted that he distributed videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children via a phone-based application connected to the Internet, from March 11 to March 12, 2020. He also admitted to possessing child pornography on two phones. Additionally, Morgan sought out videos of parents abusing their children, and provided detailed instructions to an undercover law enforcement officer (posing as a parent) as to how to abuse her daughter while filming it; smashed and tried to destroy one of his phones upon being approached by law enforcement; and admitted to inappropriately touching a child on several occasions.
Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also imposed a 15-year term of post-imprisonment supervised release. Additionally, Morgan will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
The case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett.
This 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 Attorney’s’ 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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