Clifton Park man pleads guilty to child porn charges

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CLIFTON PARK — A man who was arrested over a year ago for distributing child pornography has pleaded guilty, according to the U.S Attorney’s Office of the Northern District of New York.

William C. Ruff, age 43 of Clifton Park, was arrested on Dec. 21, 2016, and has been in custody since then.

As part of his guilty plea, Ruff admitted that on eight occasions between October 10, 2016 and December 17, 2016, he used file-sharing software to distribute child pornography over the Internet, according to a press release from U.S District Attorney Grant C. Jaquith’s office.

The pornographic videos and images depicted children as young as 3 years old, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Ruff is scheduled to be sentenced on August 15, 2018 by Senior United States District Judge Norman A. Mordue. He faces at least five years in prison, with a maximum of 20 years. Ruff is also facing at least five years to a lifetime of post-imprisonment supervised release, and a maximum $250,000 fine.

Ruff will also be required to register as a sex offender when he is released from prison.

This case was investigated by the FBI, with assistance from the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office, and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph A. Giovannetti.