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Massena man admits possessing, distributing child pornography


MASSENA — A Massena man admitted Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse, that he possessed and distributed child pornography.

Christopher J. Durand, 34, address not available, pleaded guilty to a 17-count indictment handed up in December that charged him with obtaining over the Internet pornographic videos involving children and with disseminating images, also over the Internet. Sentencing was set for June 18 in Syracuse.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the matter, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children received a “Cyber Tip-line” report in July 2012 that said an employee of a Denver, Colo., website host had reported possible child pornography using an Internet protocol address assigned to a person in Massena.

The state attorney general’s office issued a subpoena related to the records for the address and allegedly learned it was assigned to Mr. Durand.

The state police’s computer crime unit contacted Massena police and requested a street address check for Mr. Durand, which was provided and then confirmed by the U.S. Postal Service. A search warrant was obtained for Mr. Durand’s residence in November 2012 and a computer and cellphone were seized. A forensic check of the items allegedly found pornographic images of children.

According to the complaint, Mr. Durand told investigators that he had been receiving images over the Internet for about three years and that he had traded images with a man named Dave in Minnesota. State police there investigated the man, who allegedly told investigators that he had received images from a man in New York named Chris. The man also said that Chris had sent him a package containing computer parts and when the package was recovered, it allegedly had a return address matching Mr. Durand’s address. Mr. Durand allegedly admitted that he sent the package to the man in Minnesota.

He was remanded to U.S. Marshals Service custody following his plea.

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