Vet and involved Schenectady community member facing child pornography charges

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SCHENECTADY -– A military veteran, former liaison to a local Wounded Warriors program and a former Union College staff member has been charged with possessing child pornography.

Donald M. Tallman, 51, is charged with Class D and Class E felonies for promoting and possessing a sexual performance by a child.

Tallman was arrested on June 23 for allegedly possessing video child porn in an apartment at 242 Broadway in Schenectady a little before 11 p.m. on March 14, according to charging papers signed by New York State Police Investigator John Keough. Tallman accessed the video via Dropbox, according to the charging papers. The video allegedly depicted intercourse between an adult male and child under 17.

Tallman’s cellphone was disconnected and he did not respond to an email request seeking comment on Thursday. His attorney, Mark Juda, also did not return a voicemail seeking comment.

Tallman is a Marine Corps and Army veteran who served for two decades, according to a previous story in The Daily Gazette.

He was the liaison for the Wounded Warrior Program through Stride Adaptive Sports, a non-profit organization based in West Sand Lake that helps people find ways to play sports in spite of injuries or disabilities.

Tallman became the liaison for the program in 2017. According to Stride, the Wounded Warrior Program works with men and women of the armed forces who were injured in combat and pairs them with youth with similar disabilities as an integral part of the rehabilitative process and community integration.

In a 2021 video about the program on Stride’s website, Tallman introduced himself as the liaison for the program. He also described himself as an employee at Union College.

Stride’s CEO and founder Mary Ellen Whitney said the organization has not worked with Tallman in more than a year, and he was never involved in children’s programs.

“He was a liaison, meaning he would try to reach out to veterans and get them involved in our veterans’ programs,” Whitney said.

Tallman worked in Union College’s registrar office as an assistant registrar, a college spokesman confirmed Thursday. The spokesman did not have Tallman’s start or separation dates immediately available.

Tallman also previously told The Gazette he volunteered with the Hudson Mohawk Young Marines, which is currently inactive.

Tallman is next due in City Court on Aug. 30 at 9 a.m.

Andrew Waite can be reached at [email protected] and at 518-417-9338. Follow him on Twitter @UpstateWaite.

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