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Fort Drum man faces federal child-pornography charges


A Fort Drum man faces federal charges alleging that he possessed pornographic images of children that he obtained on the Internet.

James D. Hobson, age not available, faces charges that he distributed, received and possessed child pornography using a means and facility of interstate and foreign commerce, according to documents filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the matter, a federal undercover agent was using a peer-to-peer file sharing program on July 23 when the agent noted an Internet protocol address offering a number of files available for downloading. The agent downloaded five files, each of which allegedly contained child pornography.

The special agent with the Department of Homeland Security then determined which company provided the IP address, and the company provided the physical address of the subscriber associated with the IP address.

On Thursday, the special agent and other law enforcement officers executed a search warrant at the residence of Mr. Hobson, who was not home when the premises were searched. Two disks allegedly containing pornographic images were recovered.

According to the complaint, Mr. Hobson allegedly admitted that he has been using the Internet to obtain child pornography for about 12 years and that he possesses about 100 gigabytes of child pornography.

Mr. Hobson was arraigned in District Court and remanded to U.S. Marshals Service custody pending a detention hearing Wednesday.

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