Tupper man sentenced for child porn charges

TUPPER LAKE – A Tupper Lake man was sentenced Monday to six years in prison for possessing child pornography.

James L. Tabolt Jr., 40, was also sentenced to follow his prison time with a 15-year term of federal supervised release. He will also be required to register with the state as a sex offender.

Tabolt pleaded guilty in September to possessing more than 1,300 images of child pornography on a home computer. He was originally charged with both possessing and sharing a sexual performance by a child when he was arrested in March 2011.

In December 2010, a state police investigator detected images of child pornography being made available from an Internet protocol address in the Tupper Lake area, according to a press release from U.S. Attorney Richard S. Hartunian’s office. Investigators determined the images came from a computer in Tabolt’s residence.

The various law enforcement organizations working on the case got a warrant, seized Tabolt’s computer from his Facteau Avenue home and arrested him in March 2011. An examination of the computer recovered more than 1,300 images of child pornography. There were no videos – all the images were still photos downloaded through a file sharing program, Tupper Lake police Sgt. Sean Stradley told the Enterprise this morning.

“I think it was a great joint effort between the New York state police and us,” Stradley said. “This was a real positive thing that we were able to make this type of arrest and get somebody like that off the street. I think that it’s amazing that people think it happens in bigger towns, but it happens all over.”

The case was prosecuted by Executive Assistant U.S. Attorney John G. Duncan.

The joint investigation was conducted by state police, the Tupper Lake Police Department, the Franklin and Clinton County sheriffs’ departments, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations, the state Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and the Utica Police Department. The joint effort is part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative designed to protect children from online exploitation and abuse.

Contact Jessica Collier at 891-2600 ext. 26 or jcollier@adirondackdailyenterprise.com.