G’ville man pleads to child pornography

ALBANY — A Gloversville man pleaded guilty in federal court on Friday to distributing and possessing child pornography.

Jonathan L. Morgan, 32, of Gloversville, admitted that he distributed videos depicting the sexual exploitation of children using a phone-based application connected to the Internet, from March 11 to March 12, 2020.  He also admitted to possessing child pornography on two phones.

Morgan faces at least five years in prison, and a term of post-release supervision of at least five years and up to life.  Additionally, Morgan will be required to register as a sex offender. 

The case was investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Barnett. 

This case is being prosecuted as part of Project Safe Childhood.  Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorney’s’ offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, and is designed to marshal federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.

By Patricia Older