ALBANY, NEW YORK – Michael Kurtz, 57 years old, of Albany, today pleaded guilty to charges of distributing and possessing child pornography. The announcement was made by Acting US Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Janeen DiGuiseppi, Special Representative in charge of the Albany Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
When pleading guilty before United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino, Kurtz admitted that he had a peer-to-peer installed on his computer between September 29, 2018 and at least January 12, 2019. Used file sharing software program to move approximately 28 videos of child pornography from his Albany home. Kurtz also admitted that at the time of his arrest on March 18, 2019, he had over 200 child pornography images on his home computer.
Kurtz faces at least 5 years and up to 20 years imprisonment as well as imprisonment between 5 years and life imprisonment. His sentencing is scheduled for December 28, 2021 in Albany. A defendant is sentenced by a judge based on the law the defendant is accused of violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors. After his release from prison, Kurtz has to register as a sex offender in every state in which he lives, works or studies.
This case has been investigated by the FBI and its Child Exploitation Task Force, including computer crime investigators from the New York State Police, and is being prosecuted by US assistant attorneys Ashlyn Miranda and Rachel Williams.
This case is being pursued through Project Safe Childhood. The Safe Childhood project, launched by the Justice Department in May 2006, is led by the US Attorney’s offices and the Department of Child Exploitation and Profanity (CEOS) of the Criminal Division. Project Safe Childhood brings together state, state, and local resources to better locate, arrest, and prosecute those who exploit children online, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information on Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc