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Saratoga Springs man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

Saratoga Springs man pleads guilty to child pornography charge

FBI: Man used messaging app to get illegal data sent to his phone
Saratoga Springs man pleads guilty to child pornography charge
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ALBANY -- A Saratoga Springs man faces up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to receving child pornography on his phone.

Benjamin J. Varieur, 33, formerly of Brunswick, New York, pleaded pleaded guilty Friday in U.S. District Court, Albany, according to a prepared statement by U.S. Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and FBI Special Agent James N. Hendricks.

In pleading guilty, Varieur admitted to using the Wickr Me messaging application, between March 22 and March 25, to receive child pornography over the internet from another man, according to the press release.

Varieur, using the name “bigman6012,” requested and received dozens of images of child pornography, including images depicting the sexual abuse of children as young as 2 years old, according to the press release.

Varieur has been detained since his arrest in April. He faces at least five years and up to 20 years in prison, to be followed by post-imprisonment supervised release of at least five years and up to life, when he is sentenced in January by U.S. District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, according to the press release. 

Varieur would also have to register as a sex offender upon his release from prison.

The case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, which includes members of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, including the Colonie Police Department.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Michael Barnett.

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