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Jun 30 2017

Ex-college student pleads guilty to child pornography possession charges

A former student of New York’s Ithaca College pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and transportation of child pornography. Authorities found thousands of images and hundreds of videos of child pornography in his possession.

Nicholas Feminella, 21, was arrested for viewing and sharing child pornography online. As part of his plea deal, Feminella admitted to uploading sexually explicit videos of minors to a Dropbox account from his computer.

Feminella was arrested in November 2015 after authorities suspected he possessed child pornography. According to court documents, New York State Police searched his Ithaca home where they found more than 13,000 images and 870 videos of child pornography on an external hard drive.

The former student told investigators that the children in the videos he uploaded were around 8 years old. He also admitted to watching child pornography from the age of 14. While each count carries a mandatory minimum of five years in prison, Feminella could face a sentence of up to 20 years for each offense. He will be sentenced in September.

Possession of child pornography is a felony in New York State. Those facing such charges require an aggressive defense. The attorneys at Brill Legal Group are experienced in fighting child pornography cases and ensuring the reputation of clients is not harmed.