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Tri-county blotter

Man allegedly sends child porn via Kik app

ALBANY — Cameron Hennelly, 30, currently of Halfmoon, and formerly of Amsterdam, appeared in court federal Thursday on a charge of distributing child pornography.

On Aug. 28, Hennelly was charged by a criminal complaint with distributing child pornography. Hennelly appeared yesterday before United States Magistrate Judge Christian F. Hummel for a detention hearing and was ordered detained pending further proceedings. The complaint alleges that Hennelly allegedly used the Kik phone messaging application to distribute a video containing child pornography.

If convicted, Hennelly faces at least 5 and up to 20 years in prison, a mandatory term of supervised release of at least 5 years and up to life, mandatory registration as a sex offender, and a maximum fine of $250,000.

This case is being investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia Giglio Suarez. 

This case is prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.  Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices, 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 identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit http://www.justice.gov/psc/.

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