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Former Tri-City BMX president admits child porn charges

Former Tri-City BMX president admits child porn charges

He is to be sentenced in October
Former Tri-City BMX president admits child porn charges
Jon B. Tanzman
Photographer: New York State Police (inset); Shutterstock (background)

SCHENECTADY -- A man once tied to Tri-City BMX in Rotterdam admitted Tuesday to possessing child pornography.

Jon B. Tanzman, 44, of Scotia, pleaded guilty to one count each of possession and promoting a sexual performance by a child, both felonies.

He is to be sentenced in October to 16 months to four years in state prison.

At the time of his April 2017 arrest, state police said Tanzman was listed as both president and director of Tri-City BMX. That facility is used by children and adults for BMX races. His name was removed from their website shortly after his arrest.

Prosecutor Michael Nobles confirmed after Tuesday's plea that the investigation determined Tanzman downloaded all of the images involved from the internet. They found no evidence that local children were victimized.

"Based on the nature of the images -- the quantity of the images and the fact that he did have some sort of leadership role in a youth organization isn't entirely irrelevant -- this is a fair resolution of this case," Nobles said.

Tanzman admitted to possessing and promoting child pornography in October 2016. He was represented in court by attorney Andrew Safranko. Safranko could not be reached later for comment.

The investigation began with a tip from the website Yahoo to the New York State Police, after Yahoo detected Tanzman sending an image of child pornography through its messenger service.

State police obtained a search warrant for his home in Scotia and arrested him. Investigators ultimately found more than 200 images of child pornography on his computer, Nobles said.

Tanzman was released on $40,000 bond. He is to remain free until his October sentencing.

Tanzman had been involved with the BMX group for about a decade, according to a 2015 Daily Gazette article. The group issued a statement after his arrest saying they always put safety first and pledged complete support and cooperation with the investigation.

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