A Long Island man residing in New Paltz was arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. The Northern District of New York U.S. Attorney's Office announced 22-year-old Jacob Delaney of Holtsville was taken into custody on Thursday, Dec. 12 after a search of a computer and external hard drive at his New Paltz home revealed sexually explicit videos of teens and prepubescent boys.

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In the criminal complaint in the U.S. District Court in Albany, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said a search warrant obtained on Monday, Dec. 10 was executed with FBI and New York State Police (NYSP) officers at Delaney's home Thursday. Investigators said a forensic review of the devices led to the discovery of about 36 videos depicting children⁠—some as young as 7 to 9 years old⁠—engaged in sexual acts. Authorities say Delaney admitted the computer and external hard drive belonged to him.

If convicted, Delaney faces a term of up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The case is being investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force and the NYSP Troop F Campus Sexual Assault Victim's Unit and Highlands Barracks. Assistant U.S. Attorney Alicia Giglio Suarez is prosecuting the case.