Fort Covington sex offender sentenced

PLATTSBURGH — A Fort Covington man on Wednesday was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Shannon Macauley, 56, received 189 months in prison, according to a press release by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Matthew Scarpino, acting special agent in charge of the Buffalo field office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

Macauley admitted that he possessed 614 photographs and 109 videos of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct, according to the release.

In 2002, Macauley was convicted in state court of aggravated sexual abuse, sexual abuse, and abusive sexual conduct of minors, including six counts of sodomy with victims from the Constable area who were under the age of 15. At the time, he was a school bus driver for the Malone Central School District.

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also sentenced Macauley to 15 years of supervised release to begin after he serves his term of imprisonment, and upon release from prison, he will also be required to register to as a sex offender, the release said.

This case was investigated by HSI and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Troy Anderson 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 (CEOS), 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.

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