ALBANY, NEW YORK – Isaiah Lafoe, age 24, of Lancaster, New Hampshire, appeared in Albany federal court today on charges that he received child pornography, announced United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
According to the criminal complaint, between September 2020 and March 2021, Lafoe communicated via social media and phone with a girl residing in Troy, New York, and received child pornography images and videos from her.
The charges in the complaint are merely accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Lafoe was arrested on September 14, 2022 and made an initial appearance in the District of New Hampshire. Today, he appeared before United States Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Stewart and was detained pending trial.
If convicted, Lafoe faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years in prison, a term of post-release supervision of at least 5 years and up to life, and a fine of up to $250,000. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. Lafoe would also be required to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.
This case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force. The Child Exploitation Task Force is comprised of FBI Special Agents, and state and local police investigators. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alexander P. Wentworth-Ping 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). 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