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Date: 12-02-2019

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United States of America v. Mahkya Searles

Case Number: 3:19-cr-00136-TJM

Judge: Thomas J. McAvoy

Court: United States District Court for the Northern District of New York (Broome County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: Kristen Grabowski

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Description: Binghamton, NY - The United States of America charged Mahkya Searles with possession of child pornography.

Mahkya Searles, age 23, of Tioga County, New York, was sentenced to 109 months in prison, to be followed by 15 years of supervised release, for his receipt and possession of child pornography.

In pleading guilty, Searles admitted that, from April 2018 through March 10, 2019, he searched for and downloaded child pornography from the Internet, and that on March 20, 2019 he possessed more than 30 images of child pornography on his phone, some of which involved prepubescent minors.

In imposing sentence, Senior United States District Judge Thomas McAvoy found that Searles had a prior pattern of activity involving the sexual abuse or exploitation of a 5-year old child. Upon release from imprisonment, Searles must also register as a sex offender.

This case was investigated by the Tioga County Sheriff’s Department, Athens Police Department, and the FBI.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is 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


18:2252A.F: Receipt of Child Pornography

18:2252A.F: Receipt of Child Pornography

Outcome: Deft sentenced to 109 months of imprisonment on each count, to run concurrently; Court makes treatment and designation recommendations; Deft placed on Supervised Release for 15 years on each count, to run concurrently; Deft to comply w/standard and special conditions as stated; Deft directed to pay $200.00 Special Assessment; Deft to forfeit items/property as stated

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