ALBANY, NEW YORK – Chandler Whittaker, age 25, of Schenectady, New York, was sentenced today to 121 months in prison for receipt and possession of 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).
As part of his previously entered guilty plea, Whittaker admitted that, between July and October 2014, and in January 2016, he downloaded several images of child pornography from the Internet. Whittaker also admitted to possessing hundreds of images and videos of child pornography on multiple electronic devices between December 2018 and February 2019.
Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby also sentenced Whittaker to 20 years of supervised release and to pay restitution to the victims of his crimes. Whittaker will also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the Rotterdam Police Department, the New York State Police, and the FBI’s Child Exploitation Task Force, and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rachel Williams 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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