Long prison sentence looms for Saugerties man who had child porn

A Saugerties man who was convicted of making, distributing and possessing child pornography will face between 15 and 70 years in prison, according to the U.S. Attorney General’s Office.

According to the federal officials, Matthew Osuba, 34, was found guilty of the felonies of sexual exploitation of a child, distribution of child pornography and possessing child pornography on Aug. 9 after a three-day jury trial.

According to the federal officials, a Norwegian national from the Canary Islands contacted the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children on August 3, 2018 after an unsettling conversation via Kik, an anonymous messaging app, in which Osuba asked her if she was “into young” and claimed to have molested a child.

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“Basically he said to this woman that he had [molested a child], but there was no evidence of that presented at the trial other than his own statement,” said Assistant United States Attorney Michael Barnett. “We couldn’t confirm or disprove that. The trial focused on other conduct.”

Barnett said that Osuba had no prior convictions, and that he was employed as a warehouse and materials manager at Innovative Products in Woodstock. Law enforcement said investigators found on Osuba’s cellphone a video of him molesting another child, with whom he lived. Three photographs that Osuba did not create of children under the age of 12 and “engaged in sexually explicit conduct” were also uncovered, said the feds.

After the investigation, Osuba was arrested on September 18, 2018. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for December 12, 2019, before United States District Judge Thomas J. McAvoy.

Osuba’s prison sentence will be followed by a period of supervision that could last the rest of his life, and he will be required to register as a sex offender upon his release.

This case was investigated by the FBI, state police, Town of Colonie police and the Warren County Sheriff’s Department. It is being prosecuted by assistant U.S. attorneys Katherine Kopita and Shira C. Hoffman.

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