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Former Stillwater mayor sentenced in child porn case

Former Stillwater mayor sentenced in child porn case

Former mayor expresses remorse at sentencing
Former Stillwater mayor sentenced in child porn case
Ricky Nelson in court
Photographer: Jake Lahut/Gazette reporter

STILLWATER -- Former Stillwater Village Mayor Ricky Nelson expressed remorse Tuesday as a judge sentenced him to 5 to 15 years in a child pornography possession case.

He apologized in court for “perpetuating the abuse” of the victims in the videos he downloaded and added that he knew a spoken apology would be inadequate to address their pain.

“That word, sorry, is not enough,” he said. 

Nelson pleaded guilty in April in the case. He was arrested in August by state police and charged with five felony counts of possessing a sexual performance of a child. 

The investigation began when state troopers in the Computer Crimes Unit learned an IP address in Stillwater had been used to download child pornography.

Nelson served as mayor of the village of about 1,700 between April 2015 and September, when he resigned as a result of his arrest. 

Nelson also cited a personal sex addiction in his statement. He said he has been in recovery from that since his arrest.

“This was just a symptom of this disease that made my life unmanageable,” the former mayor said. “I regret the betrayal of public trust as being an elected official.”

Judge James A. Murphy III then sentenced Nelson to the agreed upon 5 to 15 years in state prison.

Tuesday's sentencing included Nelson formally pleading guilty again to five felony counts of child pornography possession. The re-plea added specific dates and times that he downloaded the images and satisfied a change in requirements since his April plea

The New York State Police's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, Computer Crimes Unit, and Forensic Investigation Unit, as well as the Saratoga Bureau of Criminal Investigation, were involved in the case. 

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