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January 15, 2013

Tupper man gets 6 years in child-porn case

TUPPER LAKE — A Tupper Lake man has been sentenced to six years in federal prison for having 1,300 pornographic images of children on his home computer.

James Tabolt Jr., 40, was also sentenced in U.S. District Court in Albany to 15 years of post-release supervision after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian.

Tabolt admitted that between February 2011 and June 2012 he had more than 1,000 sexually explicit images of children.

He was caught when a State Police investigator with the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force learned images of children we a Tupper Lake Internet address.

The investigation involved State Police, the Tupper Lake Police Department, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations and the Crimes Against Children Task Force.

It was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nation-wide initiative to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

For more information on the program, visit www.

justice.gov.

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