TUPPER LAKE - A Tupper Lake man faces up to 10 years in prison for a child pornography conviction.
James L. Tabolt, 39, pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in U.S. District Court in Albany on Thursday, according to a press release issued by Richard S. Hartunian, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of New York.
According to the press release, Tabolt admitted to Senior U.S. District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy that between June 2010 and February 2011 he possessed more than 1,300 images of child pornography on a home computer.
The case dates back to December 2010, when a New York State Police investigator assigned to the New York Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force detected images of child pornography on an Internet protocol address in the Tupper Lake area. Investigators then traced the images to a computer in Tabolt's home.
A search warrant was executed by state police, Tupper Lake village police and the Franklin County Sheriff's Department on March 9, and Tabolt's computer was seized. A subsequent forensic examination resulted in the recovery of more than 1,300 child pornography images.
Under a plea deal, Tabolt faces a minimum of five years in prison and a maximum of 10 years, as well as a $250,000 fine. He'll be required to register under the National Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.
Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 14, 2013, in Albany.
The arrest was the result of a joint investigation conducted by the state police, Tupper Lake village police, the Franklin and Clinton county sheriff's departments, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the New York State Internet Crimes Against Children Taskforce. The Utica Police Department's Digital Forensics Laboratory also provided assistance.
The joint effort is a 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," said the press release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.
U.S. Attorney John G. Duncan and Assistant U.S. Attorney Julie Pfluger handled the case for the prosecution.