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Wappingers Falls Man, 24, Sentenced For Distribution Of Child Porn

U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced the sentencing of Wappingers Falls resident Matthew Goldfarb for distribution of child pornography.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced the sentencing of Wappingers Falls resident Matthew Goldfarb for distribution of child pornography. Photo Credit: File photo

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A 24-year-old Wappingers Falls man was sentenced in White Plains federal court Thursday to 12 years in prison for distribution of child pornography.

Matthew Goldfarb pleaded guilty to one count of distributing child pornography in June 2015 before United States District Judge Cathy Seibel, who imposed the sentence.

Goldfarb distributed child pornography over the Internet through the use of peer-to-peer file-sharing software between July and November of 2014, according to Preet Bharara, United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Angel M. Melendez, special agent-in-charge of the New York Office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations.

A forensic examination of Goldfarb’s laptop computer, which was seized by HSI agents during the execution of a search warrant at Goldfarb’s residence, revealed 455 images and 748 videos containing child pornography, according to officials.

The images and videos included depictions of adults performing sex acts with prepubescent children, and many of the videos were over an hour in length, prosecutors report.

Goldfarb pled guilty to distribution of child pornography before Seibel, and was released on home detention prior to sentencing on June 24, 2015, officials report.

Goldfarb resumed trading child pornography over the Internet while on release, according to prosecutors.

Goldfarb created a new Gmail account, and used it to trade child pornography with other individuals, according to officials.

Prosecutors report that Goldfarb used a Kindle tablet, which he hid between the box springs in his bed, to access the Internet.

HSI agents executed a second search warrant at Goldfarb’s residence, along with one on his newly created Gmail account, on October 30, 2015; agents discovered that Goldfarb’s Gmail account had an additional 540 images and 102 videos containing child pornography that Goldfarb had sent or received between August and October 2015, officials report.

That same day, Goldfarb was arrested and ordered detained until sentencing, according to prosecutors.

In addition to trading child pornography, Goldfarb’s emails also revealed that he had engaged in a series of exchanges in which he discussed ideas for kidnapping young boys and raping them, officials report.

In addition to his prison sentence, Goldfarb was sentenced to lifetime supervision after his release, prosecutors report.

He was also ordered to pay a total of $24,000 in restitution to victims of his crime, according to officials.

Assistant U.S. Attorney George Turner is in charge of the prosecution.

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