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Saranac Lake man pleads guilty in child porn case

May 6, 2013
By staff (adenews@adirondackdailyenterprise.com) , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

SARANAC LAKE - A local man has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges.

Michael L. Bombard, 24, of Saranac Lake, appeared before U.S. District Court Judge Charles J. Siragusa in Rochester on Thursday and pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography as part of a plea agreement with the Buffalo Division of the U.S. Attorneys Office.

Bombard will face five to 10 years in prison and a fine of $250,000 at his sentencing in August, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul Jr.

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Michael L. Bombard
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Bombard in March 2012 on a charge of enticement of a minor. Prosecutors said that between August and September 2011, Bombard engaged in sexually explicit chats with a 14-year-old girl from the Rochester area whom he met online.

"The defendant requested that the girl send him sexually explicit images of herself," Assistant U.S. Attorney Tiffany H. Lee, who is handling the case, said in the release. "At the time he received the images, Bombard knew that the images constituted child pornography."

The criminal complaint against Bombard said the girl's father contacted police in October 2011 after noticing a massive increase in his daughter's texting records. The father later checked the girl's email account and found that Bombard had emailed her photographs of his penis, the FBI said. Although the girl tried to delete some of the text messages she exchanged with Bombard, her father recovered them using computer software installed on her cell phone and eventually turned them over to the FBI.

The girl, in a written deposition, told the FBI she met Bombard on a website at the end of August. The two eventually exchanged naked pictures of each other and had "phone sex through texting," according to the complaint.

The FBI traced the IP address of the email messages to an apartment on Elm Street in Saranac Lake. Investigators determined the IP address belonged to an uninvolved woman who had wireless service that wasn't password protected, and that Bombard, who was living in the same apartment building, had used his roommate's computer to communicate with the girl.

The case against Bombard was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat what is considered a growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice.

Sentencing is scheduled for 3 p.m. Aug. 19 before Judge Siragusa.

Bombard is also facing charges locally for allegedly stabbing a woman in the thigh with a kitchen knife during an argument on Christmas Eve in a Main Street apartment they shared. Village police charged him with second-degree assault and third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, both of which are class D felonies. The status of that case couldn't be determined Monday.

 
 
 

 

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