ALBANY, NEW YORK – Kenneth J. Monahan, age 45, of Menands, New York, was sentenced on Monday to serve 96 months in prison for distributing, receiving and possessing child pornography.
The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Thomas F. Relford, Special Agent in Charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
As part of his guilty plea, Monahan admitted to using peer-to-peer software to distribute numerous images of child pornography in February and April 2018. He also admitted to downloading child pornography from the Internet from 2017 through April 2018 and to possessing over 1,300 images of child pornography in May 2018.
Senior United States Judge Thomas J. McAvoy also imposed a 20-year term of supervised release, which will start after Monahan is released from prison, ordered a $400 special assessment, and ordered restitution in the total amount of $19,500 to be divided among certain child victims depicted in the images and videos that Monahan distributed, received and possessed. As a result of his conviction, Monahan will be required to register as a sex offender.
This case was investigated by the FBI with assistance from the New York State Police, and was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia G. Suarez.
This case was 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/.