U.S. Attorney William J. Hochul, Jr. announced that Anthony Howe, Sr., age 48, of Newark, pleaded guilty to Receipt and Possession of Child Pornography before U.S. District Court Judge David G. Larimer.
Due to the defendant’s prior convictions, both charges are subject to enhanced penalties at sentencing. Receipt of Child Pornography with a prior conviction is punishable by a mandatory minimum 15 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 40 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release for life. Possession of Child Pornography with a prior conviction is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of 10 years in prison and a maximum sentence of 20 years, a fine of up to $250,000, and supervised release for life.
Howe, divorced, lived with his ex-wife at the time of his Newark arrest. He had two boys, ageas 24 and 18 and reportedly had a girl who was adopted out.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Craig R. Gestring, who is handling the case, stated that Howe was observed downloading files with names which suggested sexual acts with eight and nine year old children. Newark Police began an investigation after Howe had rented a computer from a local business, then returned it saying it was not working correctly. Upon checking the reasons why the computer was not working, store personnel discovered it “Chock full of little naked girls.” Newark Investigator Jay Warren obtained a search warrant for Howe’s residence and seized a laptop computer where more child pornography was discovered. He had been working at Ultralife in Newark prior to his arrest.
Newark Police notified the Department of Homeland Security. Subsequent investigation and examination uncovered more than 150 sexually explicit photos and movies of children. In the course of the investigation, Special Agents also learned that the defendant had three prior convictions for sexual conduct involving a 10 year old, a five year old, and an eight year old.
Records indicate Howe was convicted in 1980 for Sex Abuse in the 2nd Degree and placed on probation. He was again convicted of Sex Abusein the 1st Degree in 1984 and was sentenced to 54 months probation. He was convicted of Attempted Sex Abuse after a reduction of a Sex Abuse 1st charge in 1992 with a girl less than 11 in Oswego and received a state sentence of 2-4 years.
This 2008 case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS), Project Safe Childhood marshals 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. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
Howe, who has been incarcerated since March of 2009 in Federal custody, is scheduled for sentencing at 10:00 am on October 24, 2012 before Judge Larimer.