SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Greg Gauthier, age 55, of Oneida, New York, was sentenced yesterday to 15 years in prison for distributing and possessing child pornography, announced 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), and New York State Police (NYSP) Superintendent Kevin P. Bruen.
As part of his prior guilty plea, Gauthier admitted that he used a social media messaging application to distribute images of child pornography over the internet, and that he possessed child pornography on his cellular telephone. A forensic review of Gauthier’s cellular telephone revealed that it contained 71 image files and 98 video files depicting child pornography.
Gauthier is currently serving 18 years to life for his 2017 state conviction in Oneida County for Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child. Senior United States District Judge Hon. Thomas J. McAvoy ordered that the 15 year federal sentence be served consecutively to that state sentence.
Judge McAvoy also imposed a 15 year term of supervised release, which will start after Gauthier is released from federal prison, ordered Gauthier to pay restitution in the amount of $9,000, and to pay a $200 special assessment.
Gauthier also has a prior final conviction under New York State law relating to the possession of child pornography, in that in 2014, he was convicted in Oneida County Court of Possessing A Sexual Performance By A Child Less Than 16 Years of Age in violation of New York State Penal Law and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.
Gauthier’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), and Computer Crimes Unit (CCU) with assistance from the Oneida County District Attorney’s Office The case was 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 Attorney’s offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS). 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.
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